Benediction

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Showings

The Main 5 Tue, May 10 7:00 PM
The Main 5 Sun, May 15 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Programs:World Cinema
LGBTQ+ Currents
Tags:Drama
Biography
War
Literature
LGBTQ+ Currents
Historical Drama
Culture & Society
Release Year:2021
Runtime:137 min
Country/Region:United Kingdom
Festivals & Awards:2021 San Sebastián International Film Festival - Jury Prize for Best Screenplay
2021 IndieWire Critic's Poll - Best Films Opening in 2022
2022 Dublin International Film Festival - Best Screenplay
Language:English
Print Source:Roadside Attractions
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHPcubS9XbM
Cast/Crew
Director:Terence Davies
Executive Producer:Rose Garnett
Lizzie Francke
Paul Ashton
Margarethe Baillou
Norman Merry
Peter Hampden
Stephen Kelliher
Jack Lowden
John Taylor
Walli Ullah
Jim Mooney
Producer:Michael Elliott
Cinematographer:Nicola Daley
Screenwriter:Terence Davies
Editor:Alex Mackie
Principal Cast:Jack Lowden
Peter Capaldi
Simon Russel Beale
Jeremy Irvine
Calem Lynch
Tom Blyth
Kate Phillips
Geraldine James
Anton Lesser
Suzanne Bertish
Matthew Tennyson
Julian Sands

Description

Legendary 20th Century English war poet Siegfried Sassoon’s life-long quest for personal salvation through his experiences with family, war, his writing, and destructive relationships goes unresolved, never realizing that it can only come from within.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terence Davies, Benediction explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Sassoon (Jack Lowden). The writer and soldier was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War and was decorated for his bravery but who became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service. His poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front, and he became one of the leading war poets of the era. Adored by members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and stage world, he embarked on affairs with several men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality. At the same time, broken by the horror of war, he made his life’s journey a quest for salvation, trying to find it within the conformity of marriage and religion.


Director Biography

Terence Davies

Terence Davies was the youngest of ten children, and left school at sixteen and worked as a shipping clerk. He is today widely regarded as perhaps the greatest living English filmmaker. His features include Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992), and A Quiet Passion (2016) which screened at the 2016 MSPIFF.


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