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New Images and First Clip from Terence Davies’ Emily Dickinson Biopic ‘A Quiet Passion’

Written by on February 11, 2016 

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While we wait for the theatrical release of Sunset Song, 2016 might be so kind as to gift us with a second Terence Davies film — if things go well this weekend, when A Quiet Passion, his Emily Dickinson biopic, premieres at Berlinale. (Distributors: if you won’t pull out your check books for anyone else, do it just for us.) While unlikely to give much indication of how the full film’s turned out — 58 whole seconds coming right up! — a first clip will undoubtedly be of interest.

Though I’ll refrain, as with the Sunset Song trailers, from peeking at any Quiet Passion clips in advance of seeing the full film. If you’re like me and still find yourself impatient, a smattering of stills featuring Cynthia Nixon in the role (following a reveal from November) could somewhat satiate the wait.

Watch and see below:

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Who was Emily Dickinson? What kind of a person lurked behind the poet who spent most of her life on her parents’ estate in Amherst, Massachusetts? This mansion provides the setting for a film that portrays an unconventional woman about whose life very little is known. Born in 1803, Dickinson is considered to be a gifted child, but an emotional trauma forces her to give up her studies. The introverted young woman withdraws from society and writes poetry. In spite of her cloistered existence she takes her readers on a journey into the wider world.

Terence Davies imagines her biography and explores how Emily Dickinson’s exceptional poems could come into being. The camera glides delicately into a life in which poetry takes up more and more space. Emily Dickinson communicates with the outside world via letters. In her correspondence with her siblings and the clergyman Charles Wadsworth she exchanges philosophical and everyday observations. To her, Wadsworth’s move to San Francisco is a tragedy. Davies’ biopic also describes a talented woman’s lonely and desperate struggle for recognition in a world dominated by men.

A Quiet Passion will premiere at Berlinale and is seeking U.S. distribution.

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