EIFF 2008 Day-by-Day: Friday 20 June

20 Jun

The Kreutzer Sonata

A slightly more relaxed day today, kicking-off for me at 11.00am rather than the usual 9.00am.

First up was the new Robert Carlyle film, Summer. Described by the EIFF website as “combining an intelligent, moving study of loyalty and loss with an eloquent critique of the effects of social exclusion”, this is low budget film making at its best.

I enjoyed the slow burn nature of Summer, Carlyle’s Shaun in contemplative mood as the cumulative events of the past finally catch up with him.

I then went to an industry talk on the working relationship between producers and writers. Among those on hand to discuss issues were Casualty creator Jeremy Brock and film producer extraordinaire Duncan Kenworthy.

Later I took myself to the world premiere of the new Bernard Rose (ivansxtc) film, The Kreutzer Sonata. Sonata is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, based on Beethoven’s music of the same name. The novella was orginally published in 1889 and promptly censored by the Russian authorities.

Danny Huston plays Edgar, the main protagonist, while Elizabeth Rohm is his wife, Abby. They meet at a party while she is in a relationship with another man but she’s soon having an affair with Edgar. To say much more about the story and its ending would spoil the movie. The original tells of one man’s jealousy concerning his wife, with sex and infidelity playing a big part in their lives.

Intense yet with a sharp sense of humour, Kreutzer Sonata is a non-flashy little film which leaves the viewer with a few questions about the nature of relationships. With no distribution deal on the cards it could be a while before this makes it to a multiplex near you, but it’s worth checking out if you get the chance.

As well as stars Danny Huston and Elizabeth Rohm, Sir Sean Connery was in the audience, catching up with Huston 30-odd years after meeting him on the set of The Man Who Would be King, directed by Danny’s father, John Huston. Connery, took the mic and proceeded to welcome the cast to Edinburgh and to say how much he loved the film. This got a round of applause from the audience.

Before the event finished Huston took to the mic and thanked Connery for his kind words and for being there. He then went on to recall his time on set for The Man Who Would Be King in Morocco, circa 1974/75. He remembered his awe at being there with the input of “Kipling, Connery and Caine” – the latter two being “great actors and also great men”. It was a touching moment and the two chatted after the film as the audience started to leave.

A great night, and another great day at the EIFF.

Tomorrow I’m planning to see Order of the Myth, a documentary on the Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama and Mum and Dad, a new British Horror flick. I’ll also hopefully catch Shane Meadows in conversation and attend the late night screening of Time Crimes at the Cameo.

Image copywright EIFF/Helena Smith

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