- Country:Velika Britanija
- Director:Dominic Cooke
- Actors:Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff
It’s the summer of 1962, and Edward Mayhew (Howle), a grad student in history, is on his honeymoon with Florence Ponting (Ronan), a violinist who’s the leader of an amateur string quartet. The two have come to the Dorset seashore, alongside Chesil Beach, which includes several exotic miles in which the “sand” consists of nothing but smooth hard stones. Their modest hotel is a rather dumpy room, with a couple of waiters who practically snicker as they serve the couple watered-down wine and some depressing-looking roast beef and potatoes. At first, Edward and Florence are prim, shy, and tentative, as if this were just some bumbling early date. In a sense, it is. By contempo hook-up standards, they’ve barely been to first base. Their sheer abashedness is sweetly funny and touching, and it’s all because they’re circling around the big moment when they’ll finally go to bed with each other.
About the director
Dominic Cooke was born in 1966 in Wimbledon. After completing his studies at Warwick University he went on to a prominent career in theatre, directing a number of plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company and serving as artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre from 2006 until 2013. He also wrote and directed episodes of the BBC miniseries The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses for which he was nominated for BAFTA. On Chesil Beach is his feature directorial debut.
Tickets for screenings at Cinestar Vukovar, Danubian Sand Island, Borovo Cinema are free. For screenings at locations - Terrace of Agency for Waterways and Castle Eltz Park admission is 15 HRK. Tickets.