The Secret Scripture / Movie @ BIFF 2017

Principesa Maria a României // Headshot by Simion Buia
iunie 29, 2017
Vanessa Redgrave – premiul Oscar pentru rol secundar in Julia & Carlo Nero @ BIFF 2017
iunie 29, 2017

At the Bucharest International Film Festival – BIFF 2017 – this movie was presented on the Opening Gala, in the company of Vanessa Redgrave, Princess Maria of Romania and Carlo Nero. Wach a short movie made by me with the phone about the atmosphere before the movie.

 

The Secret Scripture is a 2008 novel written by Irish writer Sebastian Barry.

The main character is a one-hundred-year-old woman, Roseanne McNulty, who now resides in the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. Having been a patient for some fifty years or more, Roseanne decides to write an autobiography. She calls it „Roseanne’s testimony of herself” and charts her life and that of her parents, living in Sligo at the turn of the 20th Century. She keeps her story hidden under the loose floorboard in her room, unsure as yet if she wants it to be found. The second narrative is the „commonplace book” of the current chief Psychiatrist of the hospital, Dr Grene. The hospital now faces imminent demolition. He must decide who of his patients are to be transferred, and who must be released into the community. He is particularly concerned about Roseanne, and begins tentatively to attempt to discover her history. It soon becomes apparent that both Roseanne and Dr Grene have differing stories as to her incarceration and her early life, but what is consistent in both narratives is that Roseanne fell victim to the religious and political upheavals in Ireland in the 1920s – 1930s.

It won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, one of the most prestigious English literature prizes and the oldest prize in the United Kingdom.

The novel won the Book of the Year at the 2008 Costa Awards, This was despite the misgivings of the jury, one of whom, Matthew Parris said „They agreed that it was flawed, and almost no one liked the ending, which was almost fatal to its success”

At the Irish Book Awards, it won „Novel of the Year” and the Choice Award.

It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, narrowly losing to The White Tiger

 

About the Movie

It’s a testament to the unfeasible beauty of the cast of Jim Sheridan’s tearjerker that Poldark’s Aidan Turner, present in a supporting role, looks distinctly average by comparison. But all the smouldering gorgeousness of Rooney Mara, Theo James, Jack Reynor and Eric Bana can’t dress up this mawkish slog of a movie. Adapted from the book by Sebastian Barry, the story deals with subject matter that has already been tackled with more heartbreaking humour in Philomena and more biting fury in The Magdalene Sisters. Credit must go to Vanessa Redgrave, however, playing a woman who has been institutionalised since she was in her 20s and acting everyone else off the screen. Source: The Guardian.com