Jay Craven’s new seaside film drama, “Peter and John,” stars 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset. The show will include a post-screening Q & A with director Craven. Tickets, which are $15, will be available at the door and in advance at Fiddleheads on Main Street in Colebrook.
“Peter and John” is based on the 19th Century novel Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant and it’s set in 1872 Nantucket, during the island’s “ghost period”—after the decline of whaling, before the rise of tourism, and in the New England shadow of the Civil War. The film tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains when the younger one receives news of an unexpected inheritance—and both brothers become attracted to the same young woman who arrives on their island.
Maupassant’s novel was widely credited for helping to change the course of narrative fiction through its detailed psychological characterizations. Tolstoy and Nabokov both cited the novel as an influence. In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent Van Gogh cited Maupassant. Henry James wrote, “Monsieur de Maupassant has never before been so clever” and he called Pierre et Jean a “masterly little novel” for its potent themes of family, status, self-discovery and the lengths to which someone will go to reveal or suppress the truth. A film trailer can be seen at: https://vimeo. com/116906319
“Peter and John” stars Jacqueline Bisset (“Bullitt,” Truffaut’s “Day for Night”); Christian Coulson (“The Hours,” “Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets”); Shane Patrick Kearns (“Blue Collar Boys”); Diane Guerrero (“Orange is the New Black”); and Gordon Clapp (“Matewan”).
The motion picture was shot on Nantucket in the spring of 2014 and it was produced through the Movies From Marlboro (MfM) program, a biennial film intensive semester jointly produced by Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions. For this ambitious production, 22 filmmaking professionals mentored and collaborated with 32 students from 12 colleges.
Vermont resident Jay Craven’s pictures have played 58 countries and 73 festivals, including Sundance—with special screenings at The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, Le Cinémathèque Française, the Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, and others. Craven’s commitment to New England place-based filmmaking was recently profiled by Orion Magazine, that wrote: “Jay Craven has come closer than any other filmmaker to realizing (American poet, essayist, and film theorist) Vachel Lindsay’s dream of a vital regional cinema that embodies the character and genius of a place in all its mystery, magnificence and pain.”
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