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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Vera Drake
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London, 1950. Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan and two children, Sid and Ethel. Though not rich, they?re happy. Vera is a cleaner; Stan is a mechanic in his brother?s garage; Ethel works in a light-bulb factory and Sid is an apprentice tailor. Vera is always helping people: she regularly visits one sick neighbour and invites another, Reg, to supper because she thinks he isn?t eating properly. Meanwhile, Vera secretly helps young girls to abort, an illegal activity in the England of the time. When one of these girls is rushed to hospital in serious condition, she is questioned by the police, who set out to arrest Vera just as the whole uncomprehending family is celebrating Ethel and Reg?s engagement.
Born in 1943, he studied at the London Film School. In 1972, he directed the film version of Bleak Moments. After several years dedicated to theatre and TV, in 1989 he returned to cinema with High Hopes (1988), Critics? Prize at Venice. Later came Life is Sweet (1991), Naked (1993), screened in Zabaltegi at San Sebastian, Secrets & Lies (1996), Palme d?Or at Cannes and Goya for Best Foreign Film, Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999) and All or Nothing (2002).
Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
Dick Pope
Jim Clark
Andrew Dickson
Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Peter Wight, Adrian Scarborough, Heather Craney
Running Time
124 m.
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