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Shakespeare lives in Films 2016

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We are honoured to continue “Shakespeare Lives in Films” program initiated and supported by British Council in Riga and  Latvian National Library. Being part of the global programme of events and activities celebrating the work of playwright, poet and actor William Shakespeare, marking the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. The film programme is designed to reveal how British cinema has transformed and reimagined Shakespeare`s work, to increase interest in British literature and English language learning as well.

During film festival three classical film adaptations of  Shakespeare’s plays have been already presented: film “Hamlet” 1948 by Sir Laurence Olivier,  the legendary film of Peter Brook’s “King Lear” 1970, the famous film by Basiel Dearden “All Night Long” 1951 was held in Liepaja this summer, famous British director and theatre master Robert Taylor Taylor presented his international theatre project IKIRU in Riga. 

This time the audience will enjoy the cultural heritage of cinema classics, based on the legendary playwright. September 15th will be film’s adaptation screening of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth” / 1971 – masterpiece of the outstanding film director Roman Polanski. The director put the controversial version of the classical play by Shakespeare with John Finch and Francesca Annis about Scottish nobleman who was killed by strong desire to occupy the royal throne. The film received several prestigious awards of BAFTA for the best music used in film and best costume design.

November 25th will take place the final screening and the closing ceremony of the festival with Franco Zeffirelli’s classical film “Romeo and Juliet” / 1968, as well as professional lecture about the film with famous film critic Dita Rietumu from Latvia. Zeffirelli preserved the author’s text and mostly very close to the plot, except for some monologues and small scenes. The film was the cinematic debut of 16-year-old Olivia Hussey and 17-year-old Leonard Whiting. They were the first performers of roles, whose age was very close to Romeo’s age and Juliet in the play. The film won two “Oscar” awards, three awards ” Golden Globe “and many other awards.

Film screenings are free of charge and take place at the Latvian National Library.

Great Britain and Latvia are proud of its great tradition of literature and always with respect and interest related to the cultural heritage of each other.

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“Shakespeare lives in Films” 2016 Programme: 

September 15th
Film Screening at LNB/National Library of Latvia/ Riga
Film: “Macbeth”, 130 min, Roman Polanski, 1971
Screening time: 7pm

Language: ENG, live translation to RU and LV
Entrance for free

November 15th 
Film Screening at Splendid Palace/ Riga
Film: “All Night Long”,91 min, Basil Dearden, 1951,
With Kinoblogeri support and Viktor Freibergs introduction letter
Screening time: 7pm
Language: original ENG with RU and LV subtitles
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November 25th

Film Screening at LNB/National Library of Latvia Riga
Film: “Romeo and Juliet”, 138 min, Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Discussion about film with film critic Dita Rietuma
Screening time: 7pm 

Language: ENG, live translation to RU and LV
Entrance for free

April 26th
Film Screening at LNB/ Riga
Programme ”Shakespeare lives in Cinema” Opening Event
Film: “Hamlet”, 161 min, Laurence Olivier, 1948,
Discussion about film with film critic Victor Freibergs
Screening time: 7pm
Translation: LV, RU
Entrance for free

May 27th

Film Screening at RMT theatre in Riga
Film: “King Lear”, 137 min, Peter Brook, 1970,
Discussion about film with Robert Taylor Tayman
Screening time: 6 pm
Language: Eng

Entrance for free

May 26th – June 2nd
Theatre workshops at RMT theatre in Riga
IKIRU theatre laboratory’s workshops run by the legendary British actor, director and theatre teacher — Robert Taylor Tayman.
Time period: 10 days
Language of workshops: ENG/ with Latvian and Russian subtitles

August 7th 
Film Screening at Lielais Dzintars ( Liepaja
Film: “All Night Long”,91 min, Basil Dearden, 1951,
With Kinoblogeri support
Screening time: 7pm
Language: ENG
Entrance for free 

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Organizer of the screening –  creative agency&lab “CREA Promotion”

***Income from tickets goes to director’s royalties

Entrance for free

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