British Film Festival
24 October 2017 - 15 November 2017
A tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retribution – set in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever.
In 17th century Amsterdam, tulip mania has seized the populace. At the same time, wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz, Spectre) marries the beautiful orphan Sophia (Alicia Vikander, The Light Between OceansBFF16), rescuing her from poverty.
After her husband commissions a portrait, Sophia begins a passionate affair with the handsome painter and struggling young artist (Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings). Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip market with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom. But, as the lies multiply to cover their affair, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax, laying bare the consequences of unchecked passion.
Based on the international bestselling novel by Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), this lyrical work is adapted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) and sumptuously directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl).
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