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Disobedience

Sebastián Lelio
UK, Ireland, USA 2017 / 114’
Cobain Dovlatov

After Gloria and A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio focuses once again-this time in his English-language debut-on women fighting for the right to their own lives. That's where the similarities end, however: intrigued by Naomi Alderman's novel, the Chilean director finally slows down the tempo. Peeking through the windows of Orthodox Jews in London, with the help of screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida), he tells the story of forbidden love between a photographer named Ronit (Rachel Weisz) and her married childhood friend, Esti (Rachel McAdams), who stubbornly adheres to the rules she had inculcated into her from early in life. Following the death of her father, a man she hadn't seen in many years, Ronit returns to the conservative community in which she was never able to be herself, and emotions she hadn't felt in a long time return. Despite the passage of time, however, neither of the women knows how to deal with them. "What happened to you?" Ronit asks at one point. You happened, shehears in response. The film is a tale of subdued passions.

Marta Bałaga

Sebastián Lelio

Sebastián Lelio is a director, screenwriter, and film producer, who is considered one of the most important figures in modern Chilean cinema. He was born in Argentina and spent his youth in the United States and Chile, where he graduated from film school. He made his full-length debut with The Sacred Family (Audience Award, sixth New Horizons International Film Festival). His last two films triumphed at the Berlin International Film Festival: Pauline García won an acting award for her role in Gloria, while A Fantastic Woman took home the award for best screenplay. Disobedience is his first English-language film.

Filmography

2005 Święta rodzina / La sagrada familia / The Sacred Family

2009 Narodzenie / Navidad / Christmas

2011 Rok tygrysa / El año del tigre / The Year of the Tiger

2013 Gloria

2017 Fantastyczna kobieta / Una mujer fantástica / A Fantastic Woman

Cast & Crew

director Sebastián Lelio
screenplay Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
cinematography Danny Cohen
editing Nathan Nugent
music Matthew Herbert
cast Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Bernice Stegers
producer Frida Torresbianco, Ed Guiney, Rachel Weisz
production Element Pictures, LC6 Productions, Braven Films
Polish distributor M2 Films
language English, Hebrew
colouration colour