Last Sunday Emerging Cinemas around the United States hosted the domestic theatrical premiere of Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, distributed by Revolver Entertainment. Of those 150 theatres, around twenty-five topped off the event by welcoming Mr. Branagh himself into the auditorium via live webcast from his home in London. Audience members were able to Tweet comments and questions in real time directly to the Oscar-nominated actor and director after the screening. The result was a truly interactive Q&A, one that crossed the Atlantic and all four US time zones.
Below is the full recording of that conversation.
Continuing our tradition of offering exclusive and interactive filmmaker Q&As to arthouses across the country, this June we’re bringing multiple Oscar-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh into Emerging affiliated theatres via live webcast to mark the U.S. theatrical premiere of his film The Magic Flute. This lost gem, which premiered at the Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and had limited overseas runs, finally gets its overdue big-screen presentation stateside on Sunday, June 9th exclusively in participating Emerging locations. The premiere screening (1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT) will be followed by a live webcast conversation with the director, Kenneth Branagh. Through Twitter, audiences everywhere will be encouraged to send him questions in real time.
Mozart’s classic opera The Magic Flute has been brilliantly reimagined and adapted for the big-screen by Branagh and is set against the backdrop of World War I. Opening with a breathtaking single shot in the trenches at the onset of battle, The Magic Flute is a stunning visual achievement and a brilliant marriage of opera and cinema. The film also features a new libretto by well known English actor-writer-comedian Stephen Fry, with music arranged by James Conlon.
Kenneth Branagh is probably best known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, for which he’s received Oscar nominations for direction (Henry V) and screenwriting (Hamlet). He is also familiar to moviegoers through his onscreen performances and has been nominated for Best Actor (for Henry V) and more recently Best Supporting Actor for playing Lawrence Olivier in 2011’s My Week with Marilyn alongside Michelle Williams.
For a complete list of theatres presenting The Magic Flute check out the list below or visit the film’s page here. Locations offering the live virtual Q&A with Kenneth Branagh are noted with “LIVE Q&A“.