The Merchant Ivory Collection ACMI Presents

Howards End

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“The high watermark of Merchant Ivory film-making”

The Times (UK)

One of Merchant Ivory’s undisputed masterpieces, this award-winning adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel is a richly woven saga of class relations and social mores in Edwardian England.

Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) become involved with two couples at opposite ends of the social scale: a wealthy industrialist, Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife, Ruth (Vanessa Redgrave), and a working-class clerk, Leonard Bast (Samuel West) and his mistress, Jacky (Niccola Duffet). The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the trajectories of the sisters’ lives are connected to the ownership of Howards End, the beloved country home of the Wilcox clan.

Directed by James Ivory, Howards End was nominated for nine Academy Awards, garnering Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Actress (Emma Thompson). Frequent collaborator, author and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala received the Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

"The digital restoration…is simply stunning. It’s a must-see, immersive, big-screen experience" IndieWire

Premiere screenings of a new digital restoration.