On 23 May 2016 the British Embassy in Tashkent participated at the Festival of European Films in Tashkent. The British Embassy selected the 2015 film “Macbeth” directed by Justin Kurzel. This opened the Film Festival which was organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan and representatives of European Union Member States in Uzbekistan.
The film “Macbeth” is based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is a dark tragedy set in Scotland. It is based very loosely on historic events and it examines the terrible consequences of ambition and the corruption of power. The film generated positive feedback from critics and it was regarded as one of the best adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays into cinematography. The play and the film reveal the human nature and inner struggle of a human being in his path to power and wealth. Thanks to his supreme ability to capture the essence of the human condition, Shakespeare’s work is as vital and relevant today, as it was 400 years ago.
The film “Macbeth” was also presented as part of a global “Shakespeare Lives” campaign marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. This unique campaign will run throughout 2016 with different events and activities, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations.
More than 200 people came to the opening of the Film Festival and enjoyed one of the most recent adaptations of Shakespeare’s tragedy. During his speech at the opening ceremony of the Festival, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan Christopher Allan said:
Building mutual understanding of each others’ cultures is a really important part of international relations. I’m particularly pleased that this event brings the UK together with our European Union colleagues, and allows us to celebrate the tremendous richness of cinema across our continent.
The European Film Festival will take place during the whole week from 23 May to 29 May at the Alisher Navoi cinema hall.