September 25, 2016 7:00 pm
An immigrant girl and a famous actor strike up an unlikely friendship in a feel good film about death! Theatrical legend, Sir Michael Gifford (Brian Cox) is terminally ill. He’s also foul-mouthed, irascible, and generally impossible. Into his fraught household comes a Hungarian immigrant girl Dorottya (Coco König) to act as yet another in a long line of badly treated caregivers. Dorottya secretly hopes to become Michael’s acting pupil but Michael bullies and exploits her until an impromptu exchange from Hamlet reveals a mutual love of Shakespeare and their relationship gradually changes. As Michael mellows, Dorottya transcends her own selfish ambitions, and each learns some valuable lessons. However, when Michael is offered a Lifetime Achievement Award and Dorottya persuades him to accept it in person, the resulting fallout sees Dorottya fired and Michael in hospital. Their relationship has given both of them renewed confidence, however, and together they make it to the Awards Ceremony. Initially, this seems like a mistake. Michael looks completely out of his depth and the audience fears for his health. However, it’s just a well rehearsed double act: Michael rises to the occasion with a show-stealing speech and ends, prompted by Dorottya, with “To be or not to be.” – a famous question, to which he now supplies the answer – thundered in his famous voice – “And the answer is TO BE!” Best Narrative Feature ~ Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival It is worth noting that Director János Edelényi co-wrote and Produced Vilmos Zsigmond’s “The Long Shadow,” a Hungarian-Israeli-American feature film with Michael York and Liv Ullmann (which was shown at the Wine Country Film Festival with Zsigmond and York attending).
Graduating from the Academy of Films in Budapest, both as a director and director of photography, János Edelényi rejoined the staff of the Hungarian Television, where he had worked prior to film school.Edelenyi’s collaboration with Gyorgy Feher on Richard III, Volpone and other programs commissioned by the Hungarian Television, has been widely accepted as groundbreaking and redefining the medium by their daring use of extreme close ups.Two of his documentaries won First Prizes at the National Documentary Film Festival, and he was awarded Price For Best Photography, Grand Prize, Best TV Adaptation Prizes at various other national festivals.Edelenyi has directed and co-produced or/and photographed over 40 documentaries and 7 feature films. He is Executive Director of the Tel Aviv based Prolitera Productions. He co-wrote and Produced Vilmos Zsigmond’s “The Long Shadow,” a Hungarian-Israeli-American feature film with Michael York and Liv Ullmann (which was shown at the Wine Country Film Festival).
Sir Michael: Brian Cox
Milly: Anna Chancellor
Producers: Steve Bowden (Vita Nova Films), Charlotte WONTNER (Hopscotch Films), Judit Schmidt (Mythberg Films)
Screenplay: Gilbert Adair, Janos Edelenyi