A Mexican apero to celebrate Bisset
UK actress Jacqueline Bisset honoured in Locarno by the Lifetime Achievement Award Parmigiani and a special screening of US director John Huston’s Under the Volcano
Celebrating UK actress Jacqueline Bisset tonight (August 11) at the Piazza Grande, where she will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award Parmigiani, the Festival del Film Locarno is also honouring her by a Premi speciali of US director John Huston’s 1984 drama Under the Volcano (La Sala, 11/8/2013 – 16.15), which garnered her a nomination for the Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress.
In Huston’s third film shot in Mexico, Bisset is cast as Yvonne, the estranged wife of Geoffrey Firmin, a recently retired British Consul to the country, whom UK author Malcolm Lowry portrays in his 1947 semi-autobiographical novel. UK actor Albert Finney received an Oscar nomination for his performance as the self-declared alcoholic living in small Mexican town (“How, unless you drink as I do, can you hope to understand the beauty of an old Indian woman playing dominoes with a chicken?).
During Mexico’s Día de Muertos – Day of the Dead: November 1-2, 1939 – Firmin has isolated himself in order to drink himself to death; Yvonne and his half-brother (Anthony Andrews) go on a search for him, hoping they can help him regain both sobriety and his life. “Albert is a little bombastic, but he has a twinkle in the eye. He treats me like an ex-wife,” said Bisset of his co-star in the film, which was selected for competition at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Bisset has most recently starred in US director Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York, about French economist and dethroned chief of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (played by Gérard Depardieu). In the UK she plays Lady Cremone in British playwright Stephen Poliakoff’s 1930s’ jazz drama series, Dancing on the Edge.Jørn Rossing Jensen