While we didn’t see much of Jessica Chastain at the multiplex in 2013, aside from the horror thing “Mama,” 2014 promises to bring us a whole lot of the actress. Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar” is, of course, already scheduled and the now-filming “A Most Violent Year” is expected to be ready for the awards season, also the dual movie “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby His & Hers” will likely see some kind of release in the next twelve months. And one more to keep an eye out for, at least on the festival circuit, is Liv Ullman‘s “Miss Julie.”
The directorial effort from the legendary actress is her first in over twelve years, an adaptation of the famed August Strindberg play, which has Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton co-starring. Needless to say, all the ingredients make this one we’re eager to see, and these first images from the film are a nice tease. Here’s the official synopsis:
Taking place at a large country estate in Britain over the course of one 1880s midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal, flirtatious power struggle between Julie and John – a young aristocratic woman and her father’s valet.
She is all hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse. The two of them held together by mutual loathing and attraction. At turns seductive and tender, savage and bullying, their story builds inevitably to a mad, impulsive tryst. Plans are made in desperation, a vision of a life together – unsure if the morning light then brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in an act that is as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.
Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie will skillfully weave this great original story of the battle between the sexes and the classes.
No word yet on a distributor or release date, but the film is in post-production… maybe a date at Cannes is in the cards?