Watch: Six Minute Clip from ‘Anna Karenina’

Aaron Johnson and Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
Aaron Johnson and Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
Photo: Focus Features

Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) recently premiered a six minute clip from Anna Karenina, his upcoming adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name. In introducing the clip on Film 4, Wright discusses the fascinating approach he took to the feature:

“Just as the Russian aristocracy of the 19th century could be described as living upon a stage, our story unfolds in a dilapidated theatre. We shot almost all of the film in this single location, over 100 sets were built within the theater, creating a kind of fluid linearity. You can walk from one house under the stage, straight onto the horse-training ground, or go through a door and there’s a Russian landscape.”

In the clip you’ll see the three principals, which include Keira Knightley in the title role along with Jude Law as Alexei Karenin and Aaron Johnson as Count Vronsky. Co-starring in the feature, which hits theaters on November 9, are Kelly Macdonald, Matthew MacFadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams and Ruth Wilson.

The film is certainly being eyed as an early contender for Best Picture and with tomorrow morning’s anticipated announcement of the Toronto Film Festival line-up, I’m personally hoping to see its name included so as to get an early look at what Wright has put together.

Give the clip a watch directly below and let me know what you think in the comments.

[via YouTube]

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