Cinema Rediscovered: The Virgin Suicides

Queen's Film Theatre


- 09th September 2023 - 8:50 PM10th September 2023 - 6:00 PM12th September 2023 - 3:45 PM

This year's touring programme of the Bristol-based Cinema Rediscovered festival begins with Sofia Coppola's classic debut The Virgin Suicides (2000), starring Kirsten Dunst.

With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, exploring the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. Newly restored in dreamy 4K.

An adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s highly acclaimed first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents (James Woods and Kathleen Turner) - as told through the collective memory of a group of men who were boys at the time and still yearn to understand what happened.

Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, and featuring a magnetic performance by Kirsten Dunst, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema and has become a coming-of-age touchstone.

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