Jeremy Irons at the 2015 Lucca Film Festival

Jeremy Irons was in attendance at the Lucca Film Festival in Italy.  He attended a press conference on Friday 20 March at 12.30pm.  He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday night.

Jeremy conducted a Masterclass on Saturday at the Teatro del Giglio with the participation of Claudio Carabba, Manrico Ferrucci (General Director of the Teatro del Giglio), Nicola Borrelli (director Lucca Film Festival), Alessandro Romanini (coordinator of exhibitions dedicated to Cronenberg) and Domenico De Gaetano (cultural association Volumina).

Also on Saturday,  at 18:30 at the church of San Francesco, Jeremy was present at the concert of the soundtracks composed by Howard Shore composed for David Cronenberg films.

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Jeremy Irons to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Lucca Film Festival

Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2015 Lucca Film Festival in Italy, on 20 March. lucca film festival 2015 banner The 2015 festival is also celebrating the films of David Cronenberg.  There will be a screening of Dead Ringers, starring Jeremy Irons, on Thursday 19 March, at 18:15. On Friday 20 March, Jeremy will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at 21:30. A screening of M. Butterfly will follow the award presentation. On Saturday 21 March, Jeremy will give a lecture at 11:00 and at 15:00 Sinead Cusack will be on hand to introduce a screening of her film Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

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Jeremy Irons in Toronto for Cronenberg Evolution Exhibit

Jeremy Irons was in Toronto, Canada 30 October 2013 – 1 November 2013, to participate in events at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, in conjunction with the David Cronenberg: Evolution exhibition.

Jeremy contributed an interview to the David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition material put together by TIFF –

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Jeremy attended the exhibit’s VIP opening party:

Noah Cowan ‏@noahlightbox  Jeremy Irons and the mugwump share a drink and a laugh. David Cronenberg : Evolution is now officially open!

Noah Cowan ‏@noahlightbox
Jeremy Irons and the mugwump share a drink and a laugh. David Cronenberg : Evolution is now officially open!

Photography by George Pimentel

Photograph by George Pimentel

Check out the TIFF.net Photostream on Flickr for hundreds of photos from the Evolution Opening VIP Party

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On Thursday 31 October, Jeremy Irons and David Cronenberg introduced a screening of Dead Ringers.  Jeremy stuck around for a Q&A session, after the screening.  [Thank you to Kristen Skeet for the videos.]

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TIFF’s From Within – The Films of David Cronenberg: Jeremy Irons and David Cronenberg on Dead Ringers – from Next Projection
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On Friday 1 November, Jeremy participated in “In Conversation with Jeremy Irons” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a 1 hour 30 minute conversation and retrospective of his career, with an audience Q&A at the end.

“I Am the Master of My Destiny”: Jeremy Irons Talks at TIFF’s Bell Lightbox 

Photo ©www.jeremyirons.net

Photo ©www.jeremyirons.net

Jeremy Irons: Man of silky voice and steely truths
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While in Toronto, Jeremy was also a guest on “Q” with Jian Ghomeshi

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http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/Q/ID/2415606281/

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Jeremy Irons also sat down with George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about his career in film and the David Cronenberg retrospective at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. But before they got into that conversation, Irons wanted to talk about Rob Ford, Toronto’s mayor.

To see the full interview, tune into George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on CBC Television on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. or 11:30 p.m.
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Jeremy Irons also made an appearance on Live at Noon on CP24 –

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Jeremy Irons to attend TIFF Lightbox Events

Jeremy Irons introduces a screening of Dead Ringers

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Thursday October 31
6:30 PM

 

Part of  From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg

We are honoured to welcome Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons to introduce our screening of his first collaboration with David Cronenberg.

Get Tickets: 416.599.TIFF | 1.888.599.8433

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Friday November 1 at  7:00 PM

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Special Events – In Conversation With…Jeremy Irons

One of the most esteemed actors in contemporary cinema, Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Elizabeth I) joins us at TIFF Bell Lightbox to look back at his impressive career and discuss his collaboration with David Cronenberg on Dead Ringers and M. Butterfly.

Get Tickets: 416.599.TIFF | 1.888.599.8433

Jeremy Irons at 2012 Sarajevo Film Festival

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Jeremy Irons Guest of the Sarajevo Film Festival

With a great pleasure the Sarajevo Film Festival announces arrival of one of the greatest actors of today, the Oscar winner, Jeremy Irons.

Jeremy Irons returns to Sarajevo in capacity of the curator of Katrin Cartlidge Foundation, which will award one young artist this year again.

Sarajevo audience had a chance to greet this big friend of the Sarajevo Film Festival, the actor with a fascinating international career, during the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2007 when he presided the Grand Jury of the 13th Sarajevo Film Festival’s Competition Programme.

British actor realized his roles in around seventy films, among which only some to single out, “Waterland”, “The Man in the Iron Mask”, “M. Butterfly”, “The Mission”, “Reversal of Fortune” for which he won Oscar and Golden Globe for the Best Actor in the Leading Role.

On the occasion of Jeremy Irons’ arrival to Sarajevo, on Saturday a special screening of the film TRASHED, directed by Candida Brady will take place in the Meeting Point Cinema, starting at 2.30 p.m. After the screening, a Q&A with the special guest, Jeremy Irons, will take place.
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Jeremy was also in Dubrovnik and attended a press conference there.

Jeremy Irons in NY Times T Magazine – Hungarian Rhapsody

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Culture, Travel   By KATHRYN BRANCH| September 20, 2011, 6:26 pm

Original article HERE

Photo by Monika Höfler

A rich film tradition and low production costs have long brought stars to Budapest, among them Jeremy Irons, 63, pictured here on the shores of the Danube River. Irons made “Nijinski,” his first movie in the capital, in 1980, and returned to make “M. Butterfly,” “Being Julia” and Showtime’s “The Borgias.” When not on set, Irons explores the city’s “wonderful crumbling faded beauty” on his motorcycle. “It’s very hard to find the soul of a city,” he says, but he suggests starting at the Dohany Street Synagogue (011-36-1-413-5500), the Hungarian State Opera (right; opera.hu) and the Western Railway Station (Terez korut at Nyugati ter), designed by the Eiffel Company of Paris. Irons also recommends Cafe Kor (011-36-1-311-0053; cafekor.com), Pomo D’Oro (011-36-1-302-6473; pomodorobudapest.com) and Nobu (noburestaurants.com/budapest), inside the Kempinski Hotel (011-36-1-429-3777; kempinski.com), where he usually stays.

Tuscan Sun Festival – A Fan’s First-hand Account

Thank you to [you know who you are] for this account of Jeremy at the 2011 Tuscan Sun Festival:

(Photos at the bottom of the post…)

“The evening was a mix of theater, music and ballet and told the story of the 9 year long relationship between Chopin and female writer George Sand. Though I really like Chopin’s music and they played the pieces pretty well, I just wished there were less music and more Jeremy.

As for his acting: he was breathtaking… I was very curious whether he could do a convincing Chopin. Not only because he had to play a young man (half of his age), but because of Chopin’s character, who was a fragile, angelic man, ill all the time, sophisticated and sensitive in a sort of feminine way (while Sand was the more dominant, stronger party in the relationship). And yes, he did it… He transformed completely, especially in the second half of the play, when he becomes more and more ill and lonely and finally brakes up with Sand. You just wanted to take him to your arms carefully and protect him – just like George Sand must have felt about Chopin.

I’m not sure if I have ever seen him being so painfully beautiful like this evening. His hair was something like in Appaloosa, curly at the back, and his skinny, fragile figure was emphasized with long, narrow-fitted clothes. And his face… it was truly expressive, lost, and dreamy (do you remember the last scene of M Butterfly? I could compare his between-genders presence to that). Every bit of him was alive, his playing was so subtle, sensitive and expressive!

As for the set, they had two armchairs and a table at each side of the stage, Sinead on the right, Jeremy on the left. At the back, in the middle the piano. Simon Trpceski played the pieces, while Jeremy sort of pretended to play them either sitting on a chair with his back to the audience or standing at the side of the piano.

There was an ovation at the end of course, they got flowers, and Jeremy threw his to the audience with a cheeky smile before he disappeared behind the curtains. Outside of the theater the crowd waited for them. The musicians came, then the dancers came, God knows who else came, but not them. I waited at least an hour but they must have left through a stage door or something, which was a bit disappointing. Both Max and Sam were there with girlfriends. I saw them briefly, they walked away on foot. Now they are at the charity dinner.”

Exclusive! – Fan account of Jeremy’s appearance in Rome

Italian fan Ambra Corti has contributed this first-hand account of Jeremy Irons’s appearance at the Viaggio nel Cinema Americano, sponsored by the Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma.

[Translated from Ambra Corti’s original Italian]

The event in Rome was wonderful! I never thought my emotions could be so great and overwhelming. Jeremy Irons is a wonderful actor and a very fine man, calm and charming and is one of the few actors capable of doing major showbiz productions and supporting charities beyond all expectations, a more extraordinary person there never was!

With his English manner, in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, he was beloved by everyone, including me,with the power of his warm and seductive voice.

During the evening, we were shown some of the scenes from his films such as The Mission, Lolita, The House of the Spirits, Reversal of Fortune, M. Butterfly, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Stealing Beauty, Kingdom of Heaven, Dungeons and Dragons, of course, accompanied with comments.

Of The Mission, speaking of the relationship he had with DeNiro, he said:
“At the time, filming went really slowly and DeNiro asked for a lot of takes. When I arrived on the set I was dissatisfied with the choice, I would not accept having to work with an actor who was not trained as I was. With every passing day our antagonism grew until it burst into a furious argument, but it subsided thanks to our producer. Since then we have become great friends.”

Of Lolita he said: “Many found it crazy that I could be like a villain, but I think there are people in the world capable of committing terrible acts and still be humorous, and if I’m not mistaken, here in Italy you have a Prime Minister …” he said with a grin. He did not say the name, but everyone in the room who knew all related, and all burst out laughing!  He went on to say: “I did not want to do Lolita because I was convinced that this film would cause me many problems with the passage of time. Adrian Lyne asked me to make this film for 2 years in a row, saying that if I had not accepted the part, he would not have made the film. Glenn Close was to convince me that it was a classic story and had all the right elements for a good movie and a good job.”

I remember that the presenters did ask a question about the Labour Party, who Jeremy once supported. Eventually, there were 4 or 5 questions from the audience (including me).

I remember one in particular, even though it was more of a statement than a question.
A lady, who was from Ischia, pointed out some events took place many, many, many years ago.
At the time, Jeremy was 17 years old and the lady was as well. She said that they had a [brief relationship or a date] and he played the guitar and she was fascinated.

Immediately after this lady, I made my application (Jeremy was directed to me when I raised my hand to speak) and I think I started in the worst and most embarrassing of ways. I said: “Carramba, what a surprise!” referring to the situation the first lady spoke of, and I do not think that he took that very well, but that may just be my impression.

When I asked the question I was very nervous! I wasn’t standing when I asked the question; I was sitting, because even if I was standing I would have fainted! I do not even know how I had the courage to do it, my heart was bursting, I surprised myself!

The real question that I did was: “You have not yet spoken of The Lion King! I want to know how do you dub a cartoon?”

He explained the various technical things that he had to do before moving on to comment directly on Scar. Of Scar he said: “It’s the ugliest animal! Because, unlike Mufasa (played by James Earl Jones) Scar is dry, skeletal, has a bad mane and tail hair has not, however Mufasa is strong, beautiful, strong with the bushy tail!”

Jeremy did not speak Italian at all and the woman sitting next to him on stage acted as his translator. At the conclusion, I and about twenty people went up to the stage in hopes of an autograph, but he was gone. It was a wonderful and unforgettable evening!

M Butterfly on DVD May 26, 2009

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Features:
New interview with director David Cronenberg; Theatrical trailer

David Cronenberg’s cinematic intensity eviscerates this adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s passionate stage production. Based on a true incident involving a French diplomat who carried on an affair for 18 years with a man the diplomat thought was a woman, M. Butterfly begins in 1964 Beijing when French foreign service employee Rene Gallimard (Jeremy Irons) becomes smitten with Chinese opera performer Song Liling (John Lone). Before long, Gallimard is enamored with Song, and they begin an inflamed affair — bracketed by the stipulation that Gallimard will never be allowed to look upon her in a state of complete undress. Gallimard agrees to the rules, but, as he climbs up the diplomatic ladder, the communist government gets involved, corralling Song to become an informer for the government. When, at last, Gallimard’s passion demands nudity, Song flees the relationship. Gallimard, pining for his lost love, then becomes a physical and mental wreck. He leaves China and accepts a two-bit diplomatic position, but then Song appears once again to Gallimard. At that point, Gallimard is arrested and, during the subsequent sensational trial for treason, his affair is exposed for the sham that it is. Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

Scene Index

Disc #1 — M. Butterfly
1. Credits [2:31]
2. Certainly Different [1:38]
3. Entrance of Butterfly [2:42]
4. Beautiful to a Westerner [2:55]
5. Piece of Beautiful Music [3:02]
6. At the Opera [5:35]
7. Wings Fluttering in the Dark [3:56]
8. Implications [4:56]
9. Unfriendly Party [2:43]
10. Letters to a White Devil [2:14]
11. Unexpected Good News [2:30]
12. Most Forbidden of Loves [5:30]
13. New Vice-Consul [1:38]
14. At the Great Wall [2:00]
15. Theories on Oriental Culture [2:17]
16. Practice of Deception [2:04]
17. Still Playing Missionary [2:33]
18. Slave’s Revelation [4:36]
19. Farwell to His Concubine [2:14]
20. What Only a Man Knows [2:00]
21. Flames of Revolution [4:23]
22. Bittersweet Reunion [2:36]
23. Demotion; Hard Labor [3:29]
24. Tear-Stained Memory [3:38]
25. Here in My Arms [2:22]
26. The Trial [5:41]
27. Loving the Lie [6:44]
28. His Biggest Performance [2:29]
29. Madama Butterfly [6:04]
30. End Credits [3:42]

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons
(Films)(Biography)(Music) Rene Gallimard
John Lone
(Films)(Biography) Song Liling
Ian Richardson
(Films)(Biography)(Music) Ambassador Toulon
Annabel Leventon
(Films)(Music) Frau Baden
Shizuko Hoshi Comrade Chin
Richard McMillan Embassy Colleague
Vernon Dobtcheff Agent Etancelin
Damir Andrei 2nd Intelligence Officer
Deirdre Bowen Actor
Barbara Chilcott Critic at Garden Party
Viktor Fulop Marshal
David Hemblen 1st Intelligence Officer
Sean Hewitt Ambassador’s Aide
Tristram Jellinek Defense attorney
Philip McGough Prosecution attorney
Peter Messaline Diplomat at party
David Neal Judge
Antony Parr 3rd Intelligence Officer
Barbara Sukowa Jeanne Gallimard
Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director
Suzanne Benoit Makeup
John Board Asst. Director
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan Day Sound/Sound Designer
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
David Henry Hwang Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Alicia Keywan Art Director
Gabriella Martinelli Producer
James McAteer Art Director
Ronald Sanders Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Carol Spier Production Designer
Marilyn Stonehouse Production Designer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer