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Screen Flanders-supported A Quiet Passion to receive Berlinale world premiere


Terence Davies's latest feature A Quiet Passion is to receive its world premiere at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival (11-21 February). The Emily Dickinson biopic starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Keith Carradine (Fargo) is part of the Berlinale Special strand. Producers are Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos for UK-based Hurricane Films, with Peter De Maegd of Potemkino co-producing for Flanders who gathered support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and financing through the Belgian federal tax shelter.

A Quiet Passion tells the story of American poet Emily Dickinson ​from her early days as a schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognised artist. Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, Of Time and the CitySunset Song) also wrote the script of his eighth feature as a director.

Cynthia Nixon, known for her role in the HBO television series and features Sex and the City, plays the role of Dickinson alongside Jennifer Ehle (Vinnie Dickinson) and Keith Carradine (Edward Dickinson). They are joined by Flemish acting talent including soprano and actress Noémie Schellens, Sara Louise Vertongen (The Divine Monster), Maurice Cassiers (De Ridder) and Simone Milsdochter (Deadline 25/5).

A Quiet Passion was in production for a total of 26 days in the Flanders region, filming in both the AED studios and on location in Antwerp and Ghent. Local crew members were hired in key positions including production designer Merijn Sep, art director Toon Mariën, key grip Bo Molderez, gaffer Dieter Van der Eecken and sound mixer Johan Maertens. Flanders-based audiovisual companies LITES, SPOTS Unlimited, Bulletproof Cupid and Cine-qua-non provided the technical equipment for the shoot. Galaxy Studios serviced the sound post-production of the film.

The film will be presented as part of the Berlinale Special strand, which includes recent works by contemporary filmmakers and biopics of renowned personalities.

A Quiet Passion received support from the federal tax shelter system and the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Minister Gatz. 

Still © A Quiet Passion, 2015