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7th edition: 11 April - 15 April 2018

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2018 Feature Film)

Paul MCGUIGAN | United Kingdom | 2017 | color | DCP | 105' | English | n.s.

CLOSING FILM 2018_In this stylish film set at the end of the 1970s, 55-year old Hollywood diva Gloria Grahame has what proves to be a unique affair with Peter, who is in his twenties. He sees something the studio bosses of yesteryear never did: she is more than just a pretty face.

Another astounding role for Annette Bening (20th Century Women), who plays a 55-year-old Hollywood diva in this stylish production. Once, the flighty Gloria Grahame acted opposite stars like Humphrey Bogart. Now she’s trying to retain her style and charm in shabby, late-1970s Liverpool. She meets a young actor Peter, charmingly portrayed by Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), and the two have a passionate, yet doomed affair.

The narrative, based on real events, sheds new light on perspectives on women. Even the most liberated actress who resisted the objectifying looks of the old studio bosses, ultimately asks her lover "How do I look?" Wonderful roles for Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Waters as well as a telling scene in which the real Grahame accepted her Oscar. A powerful, tragic portrait of idolized actresses over the years.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 21:00

Duration: 1:20

Year in Festival
2018
Director
Paul MCGUIGAN
Camera
Urszula Pontikos
Cast
Annette Bening
Jamie Bell
Julie Walters
Vanessa Redgrave
Stephen Graham
Kenneth Cranham
James Bloor
Country
United Kingdom
Editor
Nick Emerson
Language
English
Length
105'
Music
J. Ralph
Producer
Barbara Broccoli
Colin Vaines
Production Company
Bad & Beautiful Productions
Production Design
Eve Stewart
Sales
IM Global
Scenario
Matt Greenhalgh
Sound Design
Paul Davies
John Midgley
Year of Production
2017
Paul MCGUIGAN

Paul MCGUIGAN (1963, United Kingdom) started his career as a photographer, after which he concentrated on making music videos, commercials and later documentaries for Channel 4. He started making feature films, with a specific interest in thrillers and crime, of which The Acid House (1998) was the first. Since then, he has made many features with well-known actors, such as Wicker Park (2004), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Push (2009) and Victor Frankenstein (2015). McGuigan has also worked for TV, directing episodes of e.g. Sherlock and Luke Cage

Filmography

(selection) The Acid House (1998), Gangster No. 1 (2000), Little Angels (2002, TV), The Reckoning (2002), Wicker Park (2004), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Push (2009), Victor Frankenstein (2015), Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)