added: Tue, Dec 6th '16
Acclaimed British theater director William Oldroyd makes an auspicious feature film debut with "Lady Macbeth," an adaptation of the classic 1865 Russian novel "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" by Nikolai Leskov.
Switching the setting from 19th-century European Russia to 19th-century England, the film tells the unnerving Gothic story of a loveless and tortuous marriage between a young female bride and her cruel, sadistic husband. However, the tables are turned when she takes on a secret lover and pressures him into committing murder.
Featuring a breakout performance by English actress Florence Pugh (from the British TV series "Marcella") in the title role, "Lady Macbeth" earned good notices when it premiered back in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. It also made a firm impression on Variety that they recently added the film's director, William Oldroyd, to their 2016 list of "10 Directors to Watch."
"Lady Macbeth" also stars Cosmo Jarvis, Christopher Fairbank, Paul Hilton, and Naomi Ackie.
The film will screen in January at the Sundance Film Festival, under its "Spotlight" section. And it will open officially in New York and Los Angeles on June 2, 2017, with other cities to follow. Watch the debut trailer, above.
Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
directed by William Oldroyd
starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Christopher Fairbank, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie
release date June 2, 2017 (in NY and LA; other cities to follow)