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Dominion

Dominion

World Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Who wrote that Dylan Thomas died of a broken heart and crushed soul? This Steven Bernstein film leaves no doubt that it might have been just the opposite.

This is a story of the last days of poetry’s true rockstar, but mostly of the notorious 3rd of November, 1953, when touring Thomas drinks himself into a coma in New York’s White Horse Tavern. After emptying the 18th glass of whisky he announces – according to legend – that this must be a record.

But this self-destructive act is only the effect, not the cause. The director is interested in the poet’s afflicted mind and he tries to depict it on the screen, showing it as a haunting world of fancy, where present and past, mundane and lofty blend.

In this poetry-filled movie Thomas, who is dishing out smart lines and philosphical aphorisms, is played by another Welshman Rhys Ifans and this is definitely Ifans’ greatest role. John Malkovich plays the poet’s physician and does that extremely impressively as always. A must-see movie not only for the friends of poetry and fans of the biographies of great men.

Steven Bernstein

began his film career as a cinematographer in the United Kingdom, first doing documentaries, then commercials (for which he won several awards including the Cannes Golden Lion). He went on to shoot many landmark feature films for both studios and independents including the highly acclaimed "Like Water For Chocolate" and the Oscar winning "Monster." He is also the author of the best selling book "Film Production" about the process of film making. He has authored several other books and screenplays and his new film about Dylan Thomas, "Dominion" from his original screenplay. 


Filmography

  • Decoding Annie Parker (2013)
  • Dominion (2016)

Schedule

28.11.2017
18:00 - 20:11
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 121501
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Steven Bernstein
29.11.2017
19:30 - 21:31
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 130502
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Steven Bernstein, Carolyn Rodney
30.11.2017
21:45 - 23:26
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 142003
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection

Film info

Country: United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 101 minutes
Language: English
Director: Steven Bernstein
Producers: Richard N. Gladstein, Nolan Mcdonald, Jacek Szumlas, Carolyn Rodney
Writer: Steven Bernstein
DOP: Antal Steinbach
Montage: Adam Bernstein, Chris Gill, Zimo Huang
Composer: Steven Bramson
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Rodrigo Santoro, John Malkovich, Romola Garai, Zosia Mamet
Productions: Dominion Films, FilmColony

Synopsis

Director

Who wrote that Dylan Thomas died of a broken heart and crushed soul? This Steven Bernstein film leaves no doubt that it might have been just the opposite.

This is a story of the last days of poetry’s true rockstar, but mostly of the notorious 3rd of November, 1953, when touring Thomas drinks himself into a coma in New York’s White Horse Tavern. After emptying the 18th glass of whisky he announces – according to legend – that this must be a record.

But this self-destructive act is only the effect, not the cause. The director is interested in the poet’s afflicted mind and he tries to depict it on the screen, showing it as a haunting world of fancy, where present and past, mundane and lofty blend.

In this poetry-filled movie Thomas, who is dishing out smart lines and philosphical aphorisms, is played by another Welshman Rhys Ifans and this is definitely Ifans’ greatest role. John Malkovich plays the poet’s physician and does that extremely impressively as always. A must-see movie not only for the friends of poetry and fans of the biographies of great men.

Steven Bernstein

began his film career as a cinematographer in the United Kingdom, first doing documentaries, then commercials (for which he won several awards including the Cannes Golden Lion). He went on to shoot many landmark feature films for both studios and independents including the highly acclaimed "Like Water For Chocolate" and the Oscar winning "Monster." He is also the author of the best selling book "Film Production" about the process of film making. He has authored several other books and screenplays and his new film about Dylan Thomas, "Dominion" from his original screenplay. 


Filmography

  • Decoding Annie Parker (2013)
  • Dominion (2016)