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Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
Fiction Features
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Production year: 
November, 2009
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About the Director: 

Born in Soviet Georgia in 1966, Dover Koshashvili immigrated to Israel with his family in 1972. He has directed two feature films and a short. His short, Im Hukim (By the Laws), first earned him acclaim at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where it was considered for the Cinefoundation award. In 2001, Koshashvili made his feature film directorial debut with Late Marriage, from a screenplay he wrote himself. The film was critically acclaimed in both the U.S. and abroad. Stephen Holden of The New York Times called the movie “…a powerful and very bitter comedy.” Danny Graydon of the BBC wrote that the film has “a lively script, an array of touching characters and situations that are fully exploited of their dramatic and comedic potential, this is an honest portrait of family tensions that Hollywood rarely approaches.” Edward Guthmann of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote “Writer-director Dover Kosashvili is a shrewd observer of cultural collision, and his film — a stunning directing debut — is anything but sentimental.” Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called the film “one of the cleverest, most deceptively amusing comedies of the year,” and Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly cited it as one of the Top 10 Films of the Year. Late Marriage was selected to be screened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section and went on to win the following awards from the Israeli Film Academy: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Sound, and was nominated for Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematography. The film additionally went on to win the Fipresci and Best Actress prize at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival where it was also nominated for Best Film, the Wolgin award at the Jerusalem Film Festival and a number of other prestigious prizes and awards from all over the world. in 2003, he released his second feature film: Gift From Above. The film went on to garner 11 nominations from the Israeli Film Academy, including Best Film and Best Director.

Film director: 
Dover Kosashvili
Donald Rosenfeld
About the Producer: 
Donald Rosenfeld has had a successful and distinguished career in motion pictures: producing thirty feature films over the past twenty years. Following a Bachelors degree in History from Vassar College, and a Masters in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Rosenfeld became president of Merchant Ivory Productions, producing the films of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, as well as managing the company for eleven years. From 1987–1998, Rosenfeld ran Merchant Ivory Productions, where he produced two films a year, including Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Jefferson in Paris and Surviving Picasso. The films made with Merchant Ivory were nominated for a total of 19 academy awards. In 1999, Rosenfeld founded High Line pictures, producing Sundance Grand Prize Winner, Forty Shades of Blue, as well as The Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day. in 2001, the Emmy Award winning film, New York, directed by ric Burns; and in 2003, The Center of the World was released, winning The Peabody Award and two Emmy Awards. Eugene O’Neill, with Christopher Plummer, Liam Neeson and Al Pacino, opened to great critical acclaim in 2004; and, Andy Warhol, a four hour epic exploration of Warhol’s life and art, won the Emmy as well as Peabody awards in 2006. Additional films produced over the past decade include: William Eggleston in the Real World, Tonight at Noon and Tree of Life. Rosenfeld is currently at work with Emma Thompson on a feature film from her original screenplay, entitled Effie, based on the life of John Ruskin as well as Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time. In 1991, Rosenfeld was elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where, in collaboration with the Academy archive, he undertook the restoration and preservation of Satyajit Ray’s classic films.
Mary Bing
Kate Williams
Film photographer: 
Paul Sarossy
Tony Martinez
Angelo Milli
Art Director: 
Ivo Husnjak
Sergio Ballo
Zeljko Luter
Cast 1: 
Andrew Scott
Cast 2: 
Fiona Glascott
Cast 3: 
Tobias Menzies
Cast 4: 
Niall Buggy
Film synopsis: 
The pivot point is an emotional and psychological triangle: a civil servant, Laevsky (Andrew Scott, appalling and appealing); his married mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott, a milky beauty); and a zoologist, Von Koren (Tobias Menzies, suitably rigid). The story gets going with Laevsky bitterly complaining about Nadya to an older friend, a doctor, Samoylenko (Niall Buggy). Laevsky claims to no longer care for Nadya, who, having left her husband, now inspires her lover’s contempt or, perhaps, fatigue. Like a caged animal, he wants out and claws at Samoylenko as Von Koren watches and seethes, stoking his loathing for Laevsky. For his part, by cutting to Nadya during Laevsky’s rant and capping the scene with a disapproving look from Von Koren, Mr. Kosashvili suggests that his own sympathies are divided.
Budget Range: 
Over $1 Million
Actual Budget: 
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Original Film Format: 
35 mm
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Video Type: 
HD Cam
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Film reviews: 
“The vibrant new film adaptation of the Anton Chekhov novella The Duel...nails also the essential qualities of comic indolence and dangerous yearning in Chekhov, which have proved so elusive time after time, in adaptation after adaptation.... The Duel looks beautiful, but it is not merely so. It doesn’t carry the baggage of an important adaptation; it's deft, droll and languorously sexy.... This film is indeed something like a miracle.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune “If you see this movie, it will give you more pleasure and more to think about than any of the more popular entries currently out there.... The genius of the story and the pleasure of the film is in observing the ways in which desperation reveals itself and resolves or doesn't resolve. At the heart of this film, which goes to the heart of Chekhov, is a deep understanding of human nature, human strength and human need. This is smart, inspired, no-fuss entertainment.” - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle “Calling a film Anton Chekhov’s The Duel underscores the Russian writer's pride of place as the prime mover in this expert literary adaptation. But if it weren't for the masterful work of director Dover Kosashvili, this rich, evocative film wouldn't have nearly the impact it does.” - Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times “Very satisfying and tonally precise... moments of comedy, dark sentiments, invocations of Tolstoy and a generous attitude toward human frailties.... Believably inhabited, consistently surprising and true-feeling in detail and sweep.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times “The Georgian-born director, Dover Koshashvili (who made the bitterly funny Late Marriage), and the screenwriter, Mary Bing, have gotten the rough texture and the pitch, music, exactly right… The rhythms are so evocative you’d think they’d unearthed a new (early) Chekhov play.” - David Edelstein, New York Magazine “The Duel is scrumptious and refined. It contains superb acting by all, expert pacing and lensing that might make you hop the next jetliner to Croatia.” - V.A. Musetto, The New York Post “The Duel is intelligently staged and impeccably crafted. The period atmosphere is sensuous. (It’s) the most successful literary adaptation I’ve seen since Pascal Ferran’s 2006 Lady Chatterley.” - J. Hoberman, Village Voice “It’s a pleasure simply to linger in the characters’ company, or at least to watch them from just far enough away to observe them without being judged in return.” - Sam Adams, The Onion A.V. Club “Chekhov never offered a more tempting sample of sexual ripeness, and Fiona Glascott, a young Irish actress, bites into the role with conviction.” - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker “Moviegoers curious about surprise crossovers in Middle Eastern film may enjoy a beautifully realized adaptation of Anton Chekhov's novella The Duel, directed by the Georgian-born Israeli filmmaker Dover Kosashvili, shot in Croatia (substituting for the Caucasus) and performed by a partly Irish cast.” - Stuart Klawans, The Nation “Gorgeous!” - Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic “The performances are excellent all around, with Scott mesmerizing as the emotionally volatile Laevsky and the gorgeous Glascott making vividly clear why her character drives all the surrounding men to distraction.” - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter “This worthy follow-up to Kosashvili's brilliant Late Marriage should delight auds worldwide.” - Ronnie Scheib, Variety KINOCAVIAR.COM “What an enthralling experience it is to watch The Duel ... exquisitely adapted for the screen by director Dover Kosashvili from a script by Mary Bing.” - Diane Sippl, KINOCaviar
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