A new 25th-anniversary restoration of one of Merchant Ivory’s masterpieces, starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins.
Photograph: courtesy of Cohen Film Collection.
Dir James Ivory
With Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave
Digital 4K (in NFT1 and NFT3, 2K elsewhere)
A BFI release
Nominated for nine Academy Awards, this landmark adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel is about the interwoven fates and misfortunes of three families in Edwardian England. Full of lavish sets and elegant costumes, the film tells the stories of two respectable sisters, Margaret (Thompson) and Helen Schlegel (Bonham Carter), who collide with the world of the very wealthy – one sister benefiting from acquaintance with the Wilcoxes (owners of the beloved country home Howards End), the other all but destroyed by it. Compelling and brilliantly acted, the film remains an entertaining, exquisite and elegant pleasure, as moving and relevant as it was on the day of its original release.
Julie Pearce, Head of Distribution and Programme Operations