Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

On Chesil Beach


Year: 2017
Run Time: 110 minutes

On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel, ON CHESIL BEACH has been called both a horror story and a comedy, because it’s about what happens when newlyweds attempt to consummate. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lady Bird) and Billy Howle (Dunkirk) star as Florence and Edward, a young couple on their honeymoon at the English seaside. It is 1962, and overcast. Florence is a disciplined violinist, raised in a cold vise of middle-class repression. Flashbacks show her mother (Emily Watson) crushing all impulse with propriety. Edward offers Florence some promise of freedom. He was raised in the countryside in a more volatile family, and found liberation in literature and ideas. The two arrive at a Chesil Beach guest house in love and ready to begin their life together, but hopelessly ill-equipped for their first night. This is a beautifully precise anatomy of thwarted desire. Edward has worked himself into a volcanic state, but fumbles as he tries to express himself to Florence. She views the marriage bed with fear verging on revulsion. Neither of them knows what to do next, so they perform the social rituals of dinner and polite conversation until there is no recourse left to them. As ON CHESIL BEACH reaches its shattering conclusion, it reveals a stark, primal scene from a marriage. —Toronto International Film Festival

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 06, 2018 at 1:55 PM

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 6:10 PM

World Tour

International Narrative Competition


Dominic Cooke

Dominic Cooke was born in 1966 in Wimbledon, South London. After graduating from Warwick University, Cooke’s first job as a TV runner led him to start up his own theater company, Pan Optic, which he ran for two years before becoming an assistant director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Cooke is a four-time Olivier Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated theater, television, and film director.


Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley

Ian McEwan

Sean Bobbitt

Nick Fenton

Principal Cast
Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, Samuel West

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Rocky River Public Library

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