The latest from Andrea Arnold, the director behind “Wasp,” “Red Road” and “Fish Tank,” is an unexpected take on Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.” As with her previous works, the film is visceral and naturalistic, with Robbie Ryan providing startlingly gorgeous and effective cinematography that provides intimate access into Heathcliff and Cathy’s vicious love and the cruel English moors (he won Venice’s Best Cinematography award, where the film premiered).
In the latest edition of Film Comment, Arnold says she never wanted to do a period film, but “once the idea was presented to me, [she] became posessed.” The project had been in development, but once she boarded she “pretty much started from scratch,” rewriting and recasting it. She adds, “I think it was accepted that it was going to be my concept.” And it’s quite a concept, bold and uncompromising in its direction.
Watch the new trailer below. The film debuts October 12 in New York and Los Angeles. We caught it at the Seattle Int’l Film Fest.