So a little while ago we reported HERE about a remake ( or reimagining of an Akira Kurosawa film, ‘Ikiru’ now titled ‘Living’ to star Bill Nighy and now we have a first look at the Living trailer and this one seems to have award nominations writ large all over it.
1953. A London shattered by WWII is still recovering. Williams (Bill Nighy), a veteran civil servant, is an impotent cog within the city’s bureaucracy as it struggles to rebuild. Buried under paperwork at the office, lonely at home, his life has long felt empty and meaningless. Then a shattering medical diagnosis forces him to take stock – and to try and grasp fulfilment before it goes beyond reach. At a seaside resort, chaperoned by a local decadent (Tom Burke), he flirts with hedonism before rejecting it as his solution. Back in London, he finds himself drawn to the natural vitality of Margaret (Aimee Lou Wood), a young woman who once worked under his supervision and is now determined to spread her wings. Then one evening he is struck by a revelation – one as simple as it is profound – and with a new energy, and the help of Peter (Alex Sharp), an idealistic new recruit to his department, he sets about creating a legacy for the next generation
LIVING is the story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadow existence, who at the eleventh hour makes a supreme effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful – into one he can say has been lived to the full.
Directed by Oliver Hermanus from a script by Kazuo Ishiguro (author of The Remains of The Day ). The film was received to resounding critical acclaim at its Sundance Film Festival world premiere earlier this year. It will receive its European premiere at the forthcoming Venice Film Festival followed by a launch at Toronto International Film Festival.
Here’s the Living trailer…..