Jessica Chastain, the model of quiet strength and elegance in many of her performances, gets downright nasty in the first trailer for Liv Ullman's Miss Julie, which is set to make its world premiere as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. She stars alongside a breathy and very randy Colin Farrell in the adaptation of August Strindberg's 1888 play about social class and sexual power.
Set in 19th-century Ireland over the course of one evening, the vain and haughty daughter of an Irish count enters a steamy love affair with her father's top valet. While she wields with strength her aristocratic position, forcing him to kiss her feet in one scene, as a man he too has certain powers, and the struggle between them looks to get very heated. Samantha Morton co-stars as Farrell's fiancee.
No distribution for this one yet but that will likely change very soon.
SYNOPSIS: MISS JULIE is an upcoming drama film written and directed by Oscar-nominated actress Liv Ullmann (Utvandrarna, Ansikte mot ansikte), based on the play of the same title by August Strindberg. Set to have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2014), the film stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.
A country estate in Ireland in 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie (Chastain) and John (Chastain), her father’s valet, dance and drink, charm and manipulate each other. She, all hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse - both united in mutual loathing and attraction. By turns seductive and bullying, savage and tender, their intimacy leads to desperate plans and vision of a life together... Unsure if the morning brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in a final act as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.