Obsession

▸ 23 /06, 20:00 ▸ 24/06, 15:00 & 20:00 ▸ 25/06, 15:00 

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Producer, writer and director Luchino Visconti (1906-1976) gave birth to Italian neo-realism – a cinematographic movement that places the emphasis on “the fight for survival of the poor working class at a time of economic and political difficulty” – with his very first film.

With Ossessione (Les amants diaboliques) – produced in 1943 and inspired by the famous novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, published in 1934, by American James M. Cain –, Luchino Visconti produced one of the major works of the neo-­realist movement, instigating the telling of “unrefined stories that were always filmed on location.

An attractive tramp named Gino stops off at a small roadside restaurant and service station run by Giovanna and Giuseppe. She leads an unhappy life, imprisoned in a loveless marriage with an older man to escape poverty. Gino and Giovanna embark upon a passionate love affair, both secretly plotting to kill the husband who stands in their way.

After Rocco et ses frères (2008), Ludwig II (2011) and Les Damnées (2016), this is Belgian producer Ivo van Hove’s fourth project based on Visconti’s work. The role of Gino will be played by British actor Jude Law, whose experience in the theatre is as impressive as his experience on the big screen, making him one of the greatest actors
of his generation.