European Union Film Festival

Anton Chekhov 1890

Anton Tchékhov 1890

2015, René Féret, France, 96 min. With Nicolas Giraud, Lolita Chammah.

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 6th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 10th 6:00pm

"It’s a major gamble to tell Chekhov’s story in a style akin to his own but one that finally pays off. This can be credited not only to Féret’s precise writing and direction but also to the strength of Giraud as a performer." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

The final film of the late actor-turned-director René Féret, ANTON CHEKHOV 1890, like his acclaimed MOZART’S SISTER, is an intelligent biopic firmly grounded in the artist’s family life and historical context. The narrative follows the Russian author from the late 1880s to the mid-1890s, beginning when he when he was a dedicated doctor who dabbled in writing to support his needy parents and siblings. The title refers to the year when Chekhov, on the verge of giving up literature, journeyed to the brutal prison colony on Sakhalin Island and underwent a turning-point experience. Féret and actor Nicolas Giraud collaborate on a fittingly subtle portrait of an author whose coolly observant personality ("I’m not interested in love") enabled him to dissect his fictional characters with unsurpassed insight. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Wide Management. DCP digital. (MR)

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