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Biff launches monthly film series

Keira Knightley stars in Colette (Photograph supplied)

The Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) is launching a monthly film series with a screening of Colette starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West.

The film will screen at the Speciality Cinema in Hamilton on Wednesday December 5 at 6.30 p.m. Tickets, $15, are on sale now at www.specialitycinema.bm and at the cinema’s box office.

Based on the life of the French author and literary icon Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the film has screened at some of the world’s major film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto and London.

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris.

Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation.

After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising literature, fashion and sexual expression.

The film, which screens in English, is rated ‘R’ by the Motion Picture Association of America for some sexuality/nudity.

BIFF’s film series screenings will be held monthly at the Speciality Cinema featuring the best arthouse, foreign, documentary and independent films.

The 22nd edition of BIFF will be held March 10-17, 2019.

Press release from the Bermuda International Film Festival