Official Selection

Downton Abbey

UK, USA 2019 123 min. Language: English Subtitles: Italian
Downton Abbey
Director
Michael Engler
American director Michael Engler began his career with the made-for-TV film Mastergate. He later directed many television series, such as Party of Five (15 ep.), Chicago Hope, West Wing, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Deadwood, 30 Rock (11 ep.), Parenthood, The Big C (15 ep.), before directing 4 episodes of Downton Abbey, whose creator Julian Fellowes, wrote the first film Engler directed for cinema in 2018, The Chaperone.
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Auditorium Sala Sinopoli
19/10/2019, 19:30
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Frecciarossa Cinema Hall
19/10/2019, 20:00
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Auditorium Sala Petrassi
20/10/2019, 17:30
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My Cityplex Savoy
20/10/2019, 20:00
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Film Synopsis
The famous TV series Downton Abbey becomes a film for the big screen, that picks up and continues the story of the aristocratic Crawley family: we return to their sumptuous estate with the most illustrious guests that the Crawleys could hope to entertain, the sovereigns of the United Kingdom, King George V and Queen Mary, who will bring with them a lady-in-waiting whose presence will prove distressing for the masters of the house. With a lavish party to prepare and a dinner to study down to the smallest detail, the servants in the Crawleys' loyal staff will do everything in their power to guarantee the success of the event. The monarchs' visit will bring scandal, romance and intrigue that will put the future of Downton Abbey at risk.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT Everybody was so happy to be back together, it was like a college reunion; the atmosphere on the set was very playful, very happy, but very professional. There was a real sense of joy, and a sense that you’ve been a part of something that was iconic and historically unique, which is rare.
We wanted it to feel like you didn’t have to be a diehard fan to enjoy it. However, if you were an avid fan or somebody who watched it occasionally you would get a lot of detail about characters and relationships that was full and rich and fulfilling.
I think fans can expect the best of what they’ve always loved about Downton Abbey, which is romance, suspense, comedy. The history, the beauty, the costumes, the glorious locations, that’s all there, and bigger than ever.
I think it’s the classical values depicted in the show that are universal that contributed towards its success. I think people do feel an inherent sense of nostalgia and realisation that historically we were as similar then as we are now. I also think part of it is just for the same reason that people go to the National Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery: British history has a particular set of literary, visual, cultural heritage that still resonates for people.
Cast and Crew
Michael Engler
Julian Fellowes (dall’omonima serie tv da lui creata / based on the TV series he created of the same name)
Ben Smithard
Mark Day
Donal Woods
Anna Robbins
John Lunn
Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge
Carnival Films
Universal Pictures Italia
Universal Pictures International
Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton

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