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Andrea Arnold's Adaptation Of 'Wuthering Heights' Gets Its First Stateside Release Poster

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 17, 2012 1:53 PM
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It's been about a year since it made its world premiere at the Venice FIlm Festival in 2011; since then, it's been released almost all over Europe and parts of Asia, and will finally see a USA release this fall, courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which picked up North American distribution rights to Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Wuthering Heights, with plans to release the film theatrically in New York on October 5, with a national roll-out to follow.

An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff (in Arnold’s version, a black boy), who is taken in by a Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw. Living in Earnshaw's home on the windswept moors, Heathcliff develops a passionate relationship with the farmer's teenage daughter, Cathy, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his son, Hindley. When Earnshaw passes away, the now-grown characters (played by Kaya Scodelario, James Howson and Lee Shaw) must finally confront the intense feelings and rivalries that have built up throughout their years together.

The film, maybe known more for its casting of a black actor to play "Heathcliff" (portrayed by young British actors Solomon Glave, and James Howson as the adult Heathcliff), made its USA premiere at the Sundance Film Festival early this year, screening in the Spotlight section.

None of us at S&A has seen it yet, but that will be recitified shortly.

Reviews of the film have been mixed since its debut last year, although the first full trailer (posted last week) promises what should be a painterly, lush picture, very much in Arnold's handheld camera, naturalistic style of filmmaking.

Vulture has an exclusive on the first Stateside release poster, which follows below (trailer underneath if you missed it):

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2 Comments

  • Ava | September 17, 2012 4:36 PMReply

    I always get a bit nervous whenever there is a 'hand held camera' style being bandied about in the description of the technique, but the trailer doesn't look bad. I've read the novel, of course, and have seen at least 2, maybe 3 film versions.
    I remember raising an eyebrow when I watched the 1939 version many years ago and Cathy yells to Heathcliff "The last one over the ridge has to be the other one's slave!" I wonder if this version will include that line. That would certainly take on a strange resonance. I don't remember the line being said in subsequent versions, however.

  • Simone | September 17, 2012 3:16 PMReply

    I Just buy the movie on dvd in UK via Fnac store in France, i request it and they put an order to the seller and i purchased it and now i have it, because in France the movie hasn't released.
    I'm going to see it this week. Wuthering Heights is an adaptation of a novel of the same name, wrote by Emily Brontë, one of most important British Writer of th 19th century.

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