PLEASE NOTE: A donation from the screening will be made to a charity of the Hurt family’s choice.
’I cannot imagine a better tribute, nor one that would please John more, than Snowpiercer, a film of which he was immensely proud and that he championed so passionately.’
Sir John Hurt’s widow Anwen Hurt
Sir John Hurt is remembered at ADIFF 2017 with this special tribute screening. Never before screened in Ireland, the Irish premiere of Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed dystopian sci-fi Snowpiercer is presented courtesy of The Weinstein Company.
Climate change has made the planet uninhabitable. Those few who survived the planet's demise live aboard a train that perpetually circles the same track. The tail section is like a slum, filled with people who are cold and hungry, forced to live by their wits, while the front section contains the chosen few, who live in luxury. The world inside the train is far from equal.
In the 17th year of the train's infinite course, a young leader from the tail section stirs up a riot that has been brewing for some time. In order to liberate the tail section and eventually the whole train, this hero and his fellow passengers charge toward the engine located at the front of the train, where its creator, the absolute authority, resides in splendour. But unexpected circumstances lie in wait for humanity's tenacious survivors...
This year, with great regret, we mark Sir John Hurt’s passing. He was one of the most important acting talents of the last 50 years and he had a strong and special relationship with Ireland, where for many years he made his home. He will be very much missed. A donation from the screening will be made to a charity of the Hurt family’s choice.Gráinne Humpreys, Festival Director