Mike Leigh has been nominated for seven Oscars and returns to Cannes this month with the biographical film “Mr. Turner,” which chronicles the last quarter-century in the life of the famed 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner. Equally reviled and adored, Turner was the sort of electric historical figure that the industry has been gravitating towards, especially as many Americans are fully initiated Anglophiles. Writer-director Leigh, most recently having global success with “Another Year,” made the film to showcase the polarizing aspects of the eccentric painter, played by Timothy Spall.
The challenge of creating a film about an artist is that the product must do justice to the subject. In this clip, it is clear that Leigh had enough ambition in making “Mr. Turner” to match the artist’s work. It showcases this ambition through extremely long takes and densely filled period sets. The cast also includes Richard Bremmer and Tom Edden who are featured in the clip.
“Mr. Turner” will screen in competition at Cannes and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics later this year. Check out the film’s trailer and the first clip below: