Director: Oliver Hermanus Run Time: 102 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2022
Starring: Adrian Rawlins, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Bill Nighy, Tom Burke
Country: United Kingdom, Japan
About the film:
World Premiere, 2022 Sundance Film Festival
Living (2022) received nominations for Best Actor (Bill Nighy) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Kazuo Ishiguro) at the 95th Academy Awards. Celebrate Awards Season at the Film Center! Learn more here.
A veteran civil servant and bureaucratic cog in the rebuilding of Britain post-WWII, Williams expertly pushes paperwork around a government office only to reckon with his existence when he’s diagnosed with a fatal illness. In order to cram some fun into his remaining days, he moves to the south coast where he meets a sunny young female colleague who seems to have the pep that had previously escaped him.
From a screenplay by Nobel-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, adapted from the 1952 Japanese film Ikiru directed by Akira Kurosawa, Oliver Hermanus’s Living is the story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadow existence, who at the eleventh hour makes a supreme effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful.
About the filmmaker:
Oliver Hermanus is a South African film director and writer. He made his feature debut with Shirley Adams (2009) followed by The Endless River (2015), the first South African film to be nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His other projects include Moffie (2019), which premiered in the Horizons section of Venice Film Festival, Beauty (Skoonheid) (2011), winner of the Queer Palm Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and Living (2022), which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Hermanus studied at the University of Cape Town and received a scholarship for the University of California. In 2006 he was offered a private scholarship by film director Roland Emmerich to complete his MA at the London Film School.See our upcoming films