Friday 15 July 2016 - 09:50 to Saturday 23 July 2016 - 23:50

Shakespeare on Film retrospective at the 7th Odessa International Film Festival

The British Council Ukraine presents the largest international Shakespeare film programme ever undertaken at 7th Odessa International Film Festival (15-23 July, 2016).
As the world celebrates Shakespeare 400 years after his death, the British Council together with the British Film Institute presents the largest international programme of Shakespeare on Film at the seventh edition of Odessa’s International Film Festival.

The programme will include the following iconic productions:

  • Laurence Olivier’s classic 1948 version of Hamlet, which won the Golden Lion at Venice and was also the first British film to win the Oscar for Best Picture;
  • Franco Zeffirelli’s1968 version of Romeo of Juliet, with music by well-known Italian composer Nino Rota;
  • Roman Polanski’s 1971 British-American adaptation of Macbeth, starring John Finch and Francesca Annis;
  • Peter Brooke’s 1971 version of King Lear, starring Paul Scofield;
  • Prospero’s Books, Peter Greenaway’s 1991 adaptation of The Tempest, with a soundtrack by the UK renown composer Michael Nyman.

Shakespeare on Film is an international film touring programme consisting of 16 key Shakespeare films which are the film classics today. This year it will go on tour to over 100 countries where the British Council operates. The programme seeks to explore how filmmakers have adapted, been inspired by and interpreted Shakespeare’s work for the big screen. It is part of the global Shakespeare Lives campaign mounted by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign.

“The Shakespeare on Film tour will be the most ambitious touring film programme that the British Council has ever offered and our aim is to ensure that Shakespeare Lives in each of the 110 countries in our network,” says Briony Hanson, Director Film, British Council.

“We are thrilled to have the Ukrainian premiere of Shakespeare on Film in Odessa, as part of this year’s Shakespeare Lives programme and as part of our annual programme at OIFF’, says Pablo Rossello, Director Arts, British Council Ukraine.

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