Well, what I mean is that I shouldn’t mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband.
– Bathsheba Everdene, Far From the Madding Crowd
Thomas Vinterberg (Oscar nominee The Hunt)’s adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd was thought to be a sure addition to the Cannes Film Festival, and then the fall festival circuit this year, Carey Mulligan becoming an Oscar contender despite the Academy’s aversion to hard-nosed classics. Missing all festivals this year and dated for April 30 in Australia and May 1 in the US, Fox Searchlight is clearly aiming for the same strategy used for period drama Belle this year, which lead to the film being an unexpected success.
Today comes the teaser trailer and poster for the film, which centers around Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan), a wealthy farm owner who is courted by three very different men (Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, and Tom Sturridge). All equally passionate in their love for her, their conflicting desires collide in both life and tragedy. Like many a film set in the British countryside, it sure looks beautiful, with some stunning costumes to boot, might I add. Having read the novel myself, I can say that Mulligan, no stranger to period dramas, couldn’t be more perfect for the role. She’s going to own it.