The 32-year-old Australian theatre maker Simon Stone edited his first feature drama The Wild Duck from Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen: a haunting family drama with an impressive cast. The film was shown at the 45th edition of IFFR and runs from 1 September in cinema.
Adaptations of novels for the stage have become the trademark of prodigy Stone, and deliver him invitations as guest director at renowned theatre companies all over the This is also the case in the Netherlands, where from September 28 is his adaptation of Husbands and Wives by Toneelgroep Amsterdam plays. With years of stage experience Stones transition to film is not so much of a surprise. For his first feature film he chose to translate the stage adaptation of The Wild Duck to the big screen, without taking over the play one on one. It is a film adaptation of his own operation, a fairly exciting and remarkable choice for a debut. The Daughter tells the story of the wealthy timber merchant Henry (a beautiful role by Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush) who married his much younger housekeeper Anna.
Everyone grants Henry his new happiness, as the mother of his children committed suicide a few years earlier. Henry's son Christian (Paul Schneider) is less enthusiastic. After a long time he returns at his parents' home for the wedding where the reunion between Christian and Henry all but sipped. Christian himself is unlucky in love and keeps his father even responsible for the death of his mother. Visiting childhood friend Oliver and his family a few days before the wedding puts everything upside down as Henry casually makes a comment about Oliver's wife Charlotte. A long-kept family secret comes to light, which boosts the film per minute to a chilling drama in which no one is spared.