added: Thu, Feb 23rd '17
Cynthia Nixon, the Emmy-winning star of "Sex and the City," tackles a different type of modern woman as she quietly rejects the accepted norms of 19th-century America, portraying famed poet Emily Dickinson in the trailer for the biographical period drama "A Quiet Passion."
Written and directed by veteran British filmmaker Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, The House of Mirth), the film traces Dickinson's reclusive life in Amherst, Massachusetts from her early days as a young student at a Christian boarding school to her adult years as an unmarried free-thinker and struggling poet.
The film is also chronicling the close relationship Dickinson had with her younger sister, Lavinia aka "Vinnie" (played by Jennifer Ehle; from "Little Men" and "Zero Dark Thirty"). Vinnie is also one of the main reasons why her older sister is now regarded as a beloved literary icon. It's because Vinnie unearthed hundreds of unpublished poems and successfully got them published after Emily's untimely death at age 55. Emily's poetic writings would otherwise have largely been ignored.
Co-starring Keith Carradine as Emily and Vinnie's father Edward Dickinson, "A Quiet Passion" is set to open in New York on April 14th and then in Los Angeles on April 21st, with other cities to follow.
Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.
directed by Terence Davies
starring Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Ducan Duff, Jodhi May, Joanna Bacon, Catherine Bailey, Emma Bell, Benjamin Wainwright
release date April 14, 2017 (in NY), April 21, 2017 (in LA; other cities to follow)