Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatrical Film Is Complete
20 Jun 2014
Julie Taymor's film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream that she staged this winter through Theatre for a New Audience, is complete – and the Tony-winning director hopes to premiere it at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to Vulture/NY Magazine.
Taymor told Vulture, "There were 17 children and 15 principals. It will probably never see the light of day again as a live production, so I feel very good about the film."
The stage production opened the new Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, and Taymor said of directing both the stage version and the film that, "We shot all performances straight through, putting cameras in different positions at each show, and then in the daytime we went onstage with handheld cameras...It’s very cinematic. There are no visual effects — they’re all live.”
The stage production garnered much praise, especially for Taymor and her striking use of visual effects and innovative stagecraft.
Taymor has played the Toronto circuit before with films Frida and Across the Universe, and told Vulture, regarding the prospect of another premiere at the festival, "I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, but I have a good feeling."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.