Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Bigger Burial

On another (less interesting) movie site they would share this news with a picture of Gorgeous Movie Star Jennifer Lawrence, but we are blessedly not some other (lesser) movie site, we are MNPP, and so there is a picture of Italian Director Luca Guadagnino holding a bowl of soup. YOU ARE WELCOME. 

Luca is teaming up with JLaw to make a movie called Burial Rites, which is an adaptation of a 2013 book by Hannah Kent of the same title - anyone read it? Here what the book is about:

"A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question: How can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?"

One's first reaction is that sure sounds different from what Luca's done before - a period piece set in 19th century Iceland about execution - but that last bit, about the book really evoking a sense of time and place and especially lyricism, well then it starts to sound a lot like Luca. As for Lawrence I think she's swell and I love how she keeps pushing herself - you can't look at something like mother! and come away not seeing an actress taking risks.

Anyway Luca's got his remake of Suspiria somewhat finished at this point from what I hear, it'll presumably be out in 2018, and then he's all set to make Rio with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams (Brokeback in the house) and Benedict Cumberbatch - I haven't heard anything about when that's filming but I suppose Burial Rites will come after that.


Pierce said...

When I was in Iceland a couple of years ago, I had a "date" with the man who translated this book and a number of movies into Icelandic. He's also an actor and director, and when I flew to Denmark, I watched a movie he's in on the plane. He translated Shrek, Brave and a number of other films, too. Very nice guy. We only had a beer and that was it, but he introduced me to this book and it's very good. It will make a good movie.

Anonymous said...

That sounds way to much like Alias Grace which was just adapted by Sarah Polley and is on Netflix. I just saw the trailer but still.