June 17 - 23, 2016
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An intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of WWI, the latest from director Terence Davies (The House of Mirth) looks back at the life of a peasant farm family's life in rural Scotland for an emotional and visual feast that fills the screen with captivating period detail and painterly landscapes.
A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, is told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living auteur. Set in a rural community, Sunset Song is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan, and for the unforgiving land. The First World War reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet in a final moment of grace, Chris endures, now a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future. Sunset Song is at once epic in emotional scale and deeply romantic at its core, given power by Terence Davies’ unflinching poetic realism.
- Director: Terence Davies
- Principal Cast: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie
- Country: United Kingdom
- Year: 2015
- Running Time: 135 minutes
- Language: English
- Format: DCP