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From Howards End to Effie Gray: Donald Rosenfeld

See Donald Rosenfeld—producer and former president of Merchant Ivory—in conversation with Mary Dowson. The event will be followed by the beautifully shot period drama Effie Gray.

Donald Rosenfeld

In Conversation with Mary Dowson

Donald Rosenfeld was the president of Merchant Ivory Productions from 1986 to 1999. He was the lead producer on the major Merchant Ivory films created in what is now considered their ‘Golden Decade’, including Howards End and The Remains of the Day. In 1992, he became the youngest producer ever to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Following his Merchant Ivory years, Rosenfeld has continued to produce major motion pictures. His film Forty Shades of Blue won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick, took home the Palme d’Or at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, he founded Sovereign Films in partnership with Andreas Roald; Sovereign’s productions include Effie Gray, Cradle of Champions, and Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time.

Join Donald Rosenfeld in conversation with Mary Dowson as he discusses his career from the Merchant Ivory years to the present day.


Effie Gray (12)

This beautifully shot period drama explores the forbidden realms of Victorian society through the true story of the marriage of Effie Gray (played brilliantly by Dakota Fanning). Set in an era when divorce was not an option, Effie Gray follows a young woman coming of age and finding her way in a world where women were expected to be seen and not heard.

Andrew Dunn’s striking cinematography is complemented by a spectacular cast. Written by Emma Thompson, who also takes the role of Effie’s confidante Elizabeth Eastlake, Effie Gray is a nuanced look at one woman’s struggle to find happiness in the 19th century.

This screening will be introduced by Donald Rosenfeld.

This film is screening as part of Women in Widescreen.