- 23 Jul 18
Fresh off becoming the oldest Oscar winner ever for the screenplay for Call Me by Your Name, writer-director James Ivory will have his 1987 film Maurice re-released in Irish cinemas.
Based on E.M Foster's novel of the same name, Maurice is set in the Edwardian Age and centres on the forbidden love between Cambridge students Clive (a young Hugh Grant) and Maurice (James Wilby).
Other notable actors who appear in the film are Ben Kingsley, Denholm Elliot, Simon Callow, Rupert Graves and Billie Whitelaw. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter has an early uncredited role.
Maurice has received universal praise and picked up various awards at the Venice Film Festival the year of its release. Critics have commended it for portraying a gay love story at the height of the AIDS crisis.
However, despite the acclaim, the film was box-office disappointment at the time of release, grossing much less than Ivory's previous drama - the runaway 1985 success A Room With a View.
Meanwhile, also returning to film screens this month is Jacques Rivette's controversial 1966 drama The Nun. Set in 18th century France, a girl (New Wave icon Anna Karina) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire.
Banned in France for two years, the movie will be out in cinemas the same time as new critically acclaimed religion based films Apostasy and First Reformed.
Both Maurice and The Nun are out July 27 and can be seen at Dublin's Irish Film Institute (IFI) restored in 4K.