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The Seagull

Michael Mayer, USA 2018, 98’
Polish premiere
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"A comedy " is how Anton Chekhov described his play. This term does indeed accurately describe the nature of the events that take place in the setting of the Russian provinces, but it is also a cruel commentary, since each of the characters in The Seagull genuinely suffers. Some of them do nothing to hide this, while others try desperately to change their fate, which leads to a series of dramatic events. Nina dreams of a career on stage. She is given an opportunity to make her debut by Konstantin-an ambitious young playwright, Nina's beloved and Irina's son. The latter is an aging actress (a masterful performance by Annette Bening) known for mocking her son in public and narcissistically demanding compliments. Boris, her handsome lover and a talented writer, excels at improving Irina's self-esteem. To the delight of Masha, who is unhappily in love with Konstantin, Nina succumbs to Boris's charms. Unfulfilled and unhappy, they hurt one another, but they also love each other with a love the world has not seen. And they believe that everything is going to end happily and that the gun that appears in the first act won't have to be fired in the final one.

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Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer is an American stage, film and television director and playwright. He used the Super 8 camera that he got from his parents for his bar mitzvah to make his first adaptation - of the music track for Bobby Russell's The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. He studied acting at New York University and at the Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked in the theater. After 15 years of success on Broadway, he directed his first film in 2004, A Home at the End of the World.


2004 Dom na krańcu świata / A Home at the End of the World

2012 Smash (tv series, 4 episodes)

2013 Hatfields & McCoys

2018 Mewa / The Seagull

Cast & Crew

director Michael Mayer
screenplay Stephen Karam (based on play by Anton Chekhov)
cinematography Matthew J. Lloyd
editing Annette Davey
music Nico Muhly, Anton Sanko
cast Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll, Billy Howle, Michael Zegen
producer Tom Hulce, Robert Salerno, Leslie Urdang
production KGB Media, Mar-Key Pictures
sales Sony Pictures Classics
language English
coloration colour
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