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RENOIR THEATRE - 11:00 AM
Screening ends at 1:30 pm
The Brontë Sisters (Les Soeurs Brontë) Drama – 35th anniversary screening Directed by: André Téchiné
Written by: André Téchiné, Pascal Bonitzer, Jean Gruault
Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, Marie-France Pisier
(+ Short Film Presentation: THE INN)
Coming off the success of his crime drama Barocco in 1976, legendary writer/director André Techiné surprised many with this profile of the famous Brontë Sisters. The story of literary genius borne of injustice and a harsh daily existence had fascinated him for years. An all-star cast, including Pascal Greggory as the sisters’ ill-fated brother Branwell, lends poignancy to this exploration of the tragic and tempestuous siblings. Raised by their old Anglican father and a rigid spinster aunt, the four Brontës pursue painting, poetry and novel writing, but are dogged by unrequited love, affairs with married lovers, opium addiction and tuberculosis. After the sisters each have novels published under pseudonyms, speculation about the sex of the authors force them to reveal their true identities. Techiné employs a somber, earthy palette, emphasizing the bleak remoteness of the moors to great effect. The film, co-written with Pascal Bonitzer, was screened In Competition in the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. This 35th anniversary presentation at COL•COA heralds a new digital release of the film in the U.S. by the Cohen Media Group.