Sneak Peek: A Quiet Passion
Following Sunset Song, Terence Davies turns to 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson. Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Davies 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. Both sides of Davies’s witty, Wildean sense of humor and his frightening vision of life’s grim realities are on full display in this consuming depiction of a creative inner world.
In addition to his two acclaimed semi-autobiographical features Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, Mr. Davies’ films include the gorgeous literary adaptations The House of Mirth, The Neon Bible, The Deep Blue Sea, Sunset Song, as well as Of Time and the City, his masterful exploration of his native city, Liverpool. A QUIET PASSION reunites Davies with his Deep Blue Sea cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister to create a luminous rendering of the poet’s universe.
Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Not publicly recognized during her lifetime, her first volume of works was published posthumously in 1890 after her family discovered forty hardbound volumes containing nearly 1,800 poems.
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Jodhi May, Catherine Bailey, Emma Bell, Duncan Duff, and Keith Carradine
Written and Directed by: Terence Davies
Produced by: Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos
Distributed by: Music Box Films
Runtime: 126 minutes