Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

THE NEON BIBLE

Year: 1995
Country: United Kingdom
Run Time: 92 minutes

THE NEON BIBLE

THE NEON BIBLE is a glamorous confirmation of the human capacity for joy in the face of incredible negations of life. An adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winning novelist John Kennedy Toole's first novel, director Terence Davies employs his distinctive, imaginative style in this tale of a dysfunctional family set in 1940's rural Georgia. The film tells the story of teenage David, his unstable mother and his glamorous Aunt Mae, a small-time singer down on her luck but full of optimism. His volatile, abusive father dies, his mother loses her grip on reality, and the one saving grace is his aunt, to whom he is drawn both for her seemingly exotic past and for the love he senses from her. Gena Rowlands' warm, intelligent performance makes Aunt Mae all the more believable and powerful. And once again, as in other Davies Films, popular songs of the era evoke an almost magical spell that gives hope in the midst of life's traumas; happiness in spite of difficulty.

Screenplay
Based on the novel by John Kennedy Toole. Terence Davies

Director
Terence Davies

Producer
Elizabeth Karlsen, Olivia Stewart

Cinematography
Mick Coulter

Editing
Charles Rees

Principal Cast
Gena Rowlands, Denis Leary, Jacob Tierney, Diana Scarwid

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