Wednesday, October 17
We open the festival with a dream fulfilled. There are so many talented women associated with this winning adaptation of Joan Clark’s novel we are bursting with joy. The reliably brilliant Rosemary House produced the alchemy of the script for screen, transforming Clarke’s elegant prose into visual gold. And fully behind all the magic on screen is director Deanne Foley, she who has the patience, wisdom, vision, and ability to have pulled it all together. Audience of Chairs takes on the difficult subject of a woman’s mental illness with fearless grace. Carolina Bartczak is simply stunning in the role of Maura who suffers from bipolar disorder. The film, like the novel, carefully tracks the way the illness creeps up on Maura, challenging her family, her parenting, her career, and all that she once took for granted. The cinematography is gorgeous, perfectly capturing both the beauty of the landscape and its punishing remoteness. This is a refined achievement, exquisitely rendered for our viewing pleasure. Congratulations to the whole fabulous team.