Costume melodrama about creator of "Frankenstein" comes out in Minsk
On 10 May, the cinemas will show a spectacular film of the first female director from Saudi Arabia Haifaa al-Mansour "Mary Shelley". Mary Shelley, the author of the famous gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus". The film was premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be shown in Minsk at the cinemas Pioneer and Centralny on 10-16 May and at the Falcon Club Cinema Boutique on 23 May.
"Mary Shelley" is a story about Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, the author of "Frankenstein" and story about tempestuous relationship with the famous romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mutual attraction and progressive ideas bring young people, bored of a well-bred society, together. Mary and Percy confess their love to each other and, against the wishes of the girl's family, run away from home. Strain on a relationship begins to appear between young people during the stay in the house of Lord Byron near Lake Geneva. Just in a couple of years, Mary will write the most influential horror novel of all time – "Frankenstein", after experiencing a painful collapse of illusions, the birth of her daughter and the betrayal of her family.
Haifaa al-Mansour is a Saudi filmmaker, the first female director of Saudi Arabia, a winner of a number of film festival awards and the author of the Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film Award. "Mary Shelley" is the second feature film of Haifaa. "Wadjda" is her first work that Saudi Arabia offered to the Oscar. This film also received three awards at the Venice Film Festival and was a laureate and a nominee at the number other international festivals.
"I read Mary Shelley’s story, I felt an instant connection with it. She grew up in a very controversial culture where women’s roles were much more rigid and opportunities were extremely limited. She rose above it, and wrote a story that continues to capture the imagination of readers to this day. What I love is that she chose to write a book that was so outside of the "acceptable" realms of literature for women, and created a genre that continues to be dominated by male voices. She wrote a book that challenged religious doctrine and raised new ethical questions about the impact of uninhibited scientific experimentation would have on a society", says Haifaa al-Mansour.