Romola Garai, Patrick Kennedy, John Gordon Sinclair, Felicity Montagu, Karina Fernandez, Philip Gröning, Katie McGovern, Francis Pardeilhan, Freddy Drabble, Ludovico Benedetti, Maria Vera Ratti, Emma Cunniffe, George Arrendell, Célestin Ryelandt, Oliver Chris, Alexandra Lewis, Georgina Sadler, Miel Van Hasselt
Gatto Ciliegia contro Il Grande Freddo, Downtown Boys
01 Distribution [Italy], Filmladen [Austria], Cinemania [Bosnia and Herzegovina], DDDream International Media [China], Cinemania [Croatia], Mimosa Films [Japan], Cinemania [North Macedonia], Midas Filmes [Portugal], Cinemania [Serbia], Cinemania [Slovenia], BTeam Pictures [Spain], Triart Film [Sweden]
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Bright, intelligent, passionate and free, Eleanor is Karl Marx’s youngest daughter. Among the first women to link the themes of feminism and socialism, she takes part in the workers’ battles and fights for women’s rights and the abolition of child labor. In 1883 she meets Edward Aveling and her life is crushed by a passionate but tragic love story.
Eleanor’s story gave me an opportunity to explore startlingly contemporary themes within a period context, but to do so properly I was determined to first study and then overturn the clichés of the costume drama. I tried to subvert the image of a Victorian heroine and replace it with a modern, emblematic picture of a woman fighting battles on both the personal front and the world stage. I believe that Eleanor’s story requires delicate irony: her love life was both absurd and tragic, her plight more than familiar to women today. But the story also demands profound respect: Eleanor’s battles and those of her peers are just as modern and urgent today as they were in the past.