SEASON OF STARS: ISABELLE ADJANI
This screening is part of ’Season of Stars’ which aims to showcase and propel into the spotlight those unique actors/actresses that have graced our screens over the past century.
Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz), a real state agent, goes to Transylvania to visit the mysterious Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski) and formalize the purchase of a property in Wismar. Once Jonathan is caught under his evil spell, Dracula travels to Wismar where he meets the beautiful Lucy (Isabelle Adjani), Jonathan’s wife, while a plague spreads through the town, now ruled by death.
Herzog follows the structure of F. W. Murnau's famous Nosferatu (1922), one of the greatest of all silent films. That was based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.
Isabelle Adjani is one of the most prolific French actresses of all time. In a career that has spanned 45 years, Adjani is the only actress to have won five César Awards. As a young woman Adjani was chosen to play the lead role in Francois Truffaut's film The Story of Adela H. which brought her the recognition of critics and a nomination for an Oscar in 1976. She was lauded by the press who called her the greatest film personality since Jeanne Moreau, describing her acting talents as “prodigious”. She went on to become one of the most popular actresses in France. Werner Herzog’s 1979 remake of Nosferatu was similarly adored, with Roger Ebert’s describing the casting of Adjani one of his “masterstrokes” in the film. In 1981, Adjani won Best Actress for her unique performance in the cult horror film Possession by Andrzej Zulawski at Cannes Film Festival, which propelled her to international stardom in the realm of arthouse cinema.
During her film career, she would work with some of the most revered filmmakers including: Francois Truffaut, Roman Polanski, Andrzej Zulawski, Patrice Chereau, Andre Techine, Werner Herzog, James Ivory, Carlos Saura.
DIRECTOR: WERNER HERZOG
Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz
Music: Popol Vuh
Cinematograhy: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
RATING – 18
Doors 7.00 PM
Film 7.30 PM