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TIFF Trailer Watch: Winterbottom's Trishna Moves Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles to India

by Maggie Lange
August 20, 2011 11:21 AM
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The teaser for Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, reveals a translation of Thomas Hardy's romantic English novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles to a modern-day setting in India. This is Winterbottom's third Hardy adaptation, following 1996's Jude (Jude the Oscure) and 2000's The Claim (The Mayor of Casterbridge). For Trishna, Winterbottom replaces the fervent English wilds with rural and urban Indian backdrops in Jaipur and Mumbai for a love affair between moneyed businessman Jay (Riz Ahmed, Four Lions) and working class Trishna (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire).

Other than the smoldering good looks of the lovers, the most stunning aspect of this trailer is the melodic, elegiac soundtrack scored by Shigeru Umebayashi with original songs by Amit Trivedi. Trishna will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, where it will be seeking distribution.

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