The Happy Prince

Mar 11th, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Our fifth and final film of the Winter 2019 Reel Movie Mondays season, THE HAPPY PRINCE screens March 11, 2019 at Carnival Cinemas

The Happy Prince

Directed by Rupert Everett, Rated 14A
UK/Belgium/Italy/Germany | 105 minutes | English, Mongrel Media

Tickets are on sale now! Purchase your tickets online, stop by the MAG in person, or give us a call at 403.309.8405. Tickets are $8 each for valid MAG Members, and $10 each for Non-Members, up until 4:30 pm on film nights. Tickets can be purchased at the door on film night for $10 each starting at 6 pm (cash only; no member rate at the door), pending availability. 

About the Film:

The directorial debut from celebrated actor Rupert Everett (Shakespeare in Love, My Best Friend’s Wedding), The Happy Prince is at once a spirited tribute to legendary author and playwright Oscar Wilde, and an exacting commentary on 19th-century British mores.

It’s 1895, and Wilde (Everett) has been imprisoned for two years for gross indecency after his affair with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas (Colin Morgan; Legend, Testament of Youth). Upon his release, he is greeted by companions Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas) and Reggie Turner (Colin Firth; The King’s Speech, A Single Man) and quickly moves to France to spend his final years in exile. Yet, much to the dismay of his friends, Wilde reunites with Bosie, motivating his wife, Constance (Emily Watson; On Chesil Beach, The Book Thief), to cut off Wilde’s allowance. With a lack of funds, and due to the trauma he suffered in prison, the author’s health and well-being deteriorate. Still, it’s through his incomparable talent for storytelling that Wilde finds the strength to continue bringing levity and humour to those around him.

Also starring Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Catcher Was a Spy), The Happy Prince is as flamboyant as its subject, using slow-motion tableaus to highlight Wilde’s carefree jaunts and flashbacks to reflect on his triumphs and tragedies. Everett is defiantly theatrical in both his performance and his directorial choices. Everett also uses the film as a plea for tolerance, showcasing the degradation Wilde endured throughout his lifetime because of his homosexuality. It’s a moving portrait of one of our most revered storytellers, directed by an artist at the top of his game.

“This film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage.” —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Principal Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson

 

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