Gemma Arterton & Elizabeth Debicki in Full Trailer for 'Vita & Virginia'

April 17, 2019
Source: YouTube

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"Does she make you want to write or live?" "Both." Thunderbird Releasing has debuted an official UK trailer for a film titled Vita & Virginia, a romantic drama inspired by the letters written between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. "A daring celebration of an unconventional bond, and a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality, creativity and passion, Vita & Virginia details the love story of two women - two writers - who smashed through social barriers to find solace in their forbidden connection." The film stars Gemma Arterton as Vita, and Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia, and is set in the 1920s in London. Despite the odds, the magnetic Vita and the beguiling Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages - which inspired one of Woolf’s most iconic novels, "Orlando". The cast includes Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Ferdinando, Emerald Fennell, Gethin Anthony, Rory Fleck Byrne, and Karla Crome. This looks lovely, and romantically inspiring.

Here's the first official UK trailer (+ poster) for Chanya Button's Vita & Virginia, direct from YouTube:

And here's the main US trailer (it's the same) for Chanya Button's Vita & Virginia, also from YouTube:

Vita & Virginia Poster

Based on a true story, Vita & Virginia details the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The ensuing relationship leads to the birth of Woolf’s bold, experimental novel - "Orlando". Vita & Virginia is directed by English filmmaker Chanya Button, her second feature film after making Burn Burn Burn in 2015 previously, as well as a few short films. The screenplay is written by Eileen Atkins and Chanya Button, inspired by the letters between Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Thunderbird will release Button's Vita & Virginia in select UK theaters starting July 5th, 2019 in the summer. No US release has been set. Stay tuned for more.

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This looks more a time piece than a love story. Which doesn't make it good at the same time ...

shiboleth on Apr 17, 2019


I found the film version of "Orlando", starring Tilda Swinton, to be an engaging and entertaining movie.

kitano0 on Apr 17, 2019


Looks good. Good times with good friends.

DAVIDPD on Apr 17, 2019


'Popularity was never a sign of genius'...great line and has never been more profound that in today's culture of movies and the immense popularity of some of them. Having said that, one hopes this movie is done well and is engaging and intelligent, but it was hard for me to ascertain from this trailer. Plus, and it's a biggie...I hated the ugly photography. I just am not able to get by that washed out, aesthetically displeasing look in many of the shots in this trailer. It's a killer for me, but I'll look for this on cable as I like both the female leads and this story is important to tell.

thespiritbo on Apr 17, 2019


The cinematography of a lot of these recent trailers really bugs you...I'm curious, what are some of your favorite movies with what you consider great images?

kitano0 on Apr 18, 2019


Oh god, man...anything shot of film before digital came in vogue? But I will mention the great cinematography in Barry Lyndon...or really anything by Kubrick...The Shining...2001...Mallick's Days of Heaven was beautifully shot by the French guy...anything shot by Vittorio Storaro from Last Tango in Paris to Apocalypse Now to Reds, to The Conformist...the photography in the great Coen Brothers film, Miller's Crossing and No Counry For Old Men... ...Gordon Willis's work in Godfather l and ll and his black and white work in Woody Allen's Manhattan...that's just a beginning and I could go on and on, but hopefully you get the jist of what I like regarding the look of a film. You're right in that the cinematography of some of these recent trailers really bugs me. I hesitate to even call it cinematography when it's that aesthetically ugly washed out look I kept referring to. What can I tell you? I love the look of film and always will. I keep saying I hate digital, and I do, but I love the movie, The Drop, with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenarcts and it was shot digitally. So there's Thanks for the polite and intelligent question. I appreciate that. What about you? What movies have some of your favorite images on them?

thespiritbo on Apr 18, 2019


Oh, all the movies you mentioned. Roger Deakins is one of my favorites. I think Gregg Toland's work in Citizen Kane is astounding. Kurosawa's work with telephoto lenses gave us some great images. I can understand the problem with digital, but I think Michael Mann has done some beautiful work with digital.

kitano0 on Apr 18, 2019


Ditto on Deakins and Toland and Kurosawa's work. Not sure I agree with you about Michael Mann. I wasn't too bothered by Collateral's look, but it seems a bit weird to me that since Mann started shooting digital his work has suffered and isn't as interesting as it once was...when he was shooting on film. Same with Ridley Scott and his work and his going digital. I watched Kingdom of Heaven again a few nights ago. Just beautifully shot. Also watched Last of The Mohicans recently too. Same thing. Both films are very high on my list of all time favorites and their photography and production design and having been shot on film play a big part of why they are top of my list. Cheers!

thespiritbo on Apr 19, 2019


Of all the movies you could mention, you cite two that I haven't watched...Kingdom and Mohicans...just never have sought them out...Netflix, here I come!

kitano0 on Apr 19, 2019

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