The film makes its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival before opening in theaters on December 9.
One of the most anticipated and mysterious films of the fall festival season is “Empire of Light”.
Sam Mendes’ first film since his shocking war epic “1917” promises to be a departure from the blockbuster cinematography that has consumed him in recent years. The film, written by Mendes himself, is a smaller, more personal reflection on the power of cinema and the effect it can have on people in difficult circumstances. Many have compared the film to Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film “Belfast.” which earned him his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
A new series of promotional images released by Searchlight Pictures shed a little more light on the project, giving fans a better look at the film’s star-studded cast that includes Colin Firth, Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward. And if you’re wondering why the pictures look so beautiful, it’s probably because two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins is behind the camera. Deakins has frequently collaborated with Mendes in recent years, including on the James Bond films “Skyfall” and “1917,” the latter of which earned Deakins his second Oscar for best cinematography. Every time the two work together, it’s a noteworthy event for moviegoers.
The official synopsis for the film reads: “Set in an English seaside town in the early 1980s, ‘Empire of Light is a powerful and moving story of human connection and movie magic.” Its title refers to the small-town movie theater where the film takes place, with Colman playing a food stall employee whose existence is hampered by the obnoxious behavior of her manager, played by Colin Firth. When a young man (Ward) moves to town and starts working at the theater, the two young employees strike up a connection that adds a lot of light to their bleak existence.
“Empire of Light” makes its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on Saturday, September 3. Searchlight Pictures will release the film in theaters on Friday, September 9. Read on for the latest images released from the film, courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.