Prestige drama at film festivals is no longer just the domain of movies. Television is now becoming a regular part of fest programming (Jane Campion‘s “Top Of The Lake” at Sundance and Bruno Dumont‘s “P’tit Quinquin” at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight are recent examples) and this week at Venice, HBO‘s “Olive Kitteridge” will get a glitzy premiere. And you can now catch a glimpse of the forthcoming miniseries with three new clips.
Based on the book by Elizabeth Strout, directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Zoe Kazan, John Gallagher Jr., Martha Wainwright, Rosemarie Dewitt, Peter Mullan and Brady Corbet, with a score by Carter Burwell (yes, those are some damn good credits), the show is a sprawling tale of life in a small town. Here’s the official synopsis:
OLIVE KITTERIDGE tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of a woman whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center.
Those three clips below do a good job of establishing the unique comedic/dramatic/eccentric tone this series is going for. The four-part series will air on HBO on Sunday, November 3rd and Monday, November 4th. Watch below.