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ScreenTalks Archive: Disobedience


This week, we’re speaking not to a director, or an actor, but an author: Naomi Alderman, who discusses the film adaptation of her first novel, Disobedience.

Set in the Orthodox Jewish world, the film focuses on Ronit (Rachel Weisz), who revisits her community after the death of her Rabbi father, and develops an intense connection with Esti (Rachel McAdams), who is married to Rabbi, Dovid (Alessandro Nivola). Naomi Alderman discusses the themes of the film, and her novel – community, faith, desire – and the interesting differences that a novel and a film can bring to a story, not least their endings. Directed by Sebastián Lelio (Gloria, A Fantastic Woman), this is a terrific film that puts women at its centre.  

The Barbican ScreenTalks Archive podcast is presented by Ellen E Jones and produced by Jane Long for Loftus Media. Listen to more episodes on: barbican.org.uk/screentalksarchive 

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