By Jonathan DEMME

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Drama - Completed 2014

A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

& Awards

Rome International Film Festival 2013
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 127 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jonathan DEMME
    • Writer(s)
    • Wallace SHAWN
    • Producer(s)
    • Rocco CARUSO, André GREGORY, Wallace SHAWN
    • Synopsis
    • A Master Builder unites Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme with two of American theatre and cinema’s most ingenious provocateurs, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn. It is based on Gregory’s near-legendary theatrical production of Shawn’s adaptation of Ibsen’s Master Builder Solness; a production that was worked on over a 14-year period. Halvard Solness (Wallace Shawn) is a very successful architect in his sixties. He exercises tight control over his wife Aline (Julie Hagerty), who is in permanent mourning for their only two children, who died as infants. And tight control over his employees: the old architect Knut Brovik (André Gregory), Brovik’s talented son Ragnar (Jeff Biehl), whom Solness keeps in a lowly position, and Kaya (Emily McDonnell), Ragnar’s fiancée, who is Solness’s book-keeper and sexual companion. Shawn’s adaptation hues very closely to the original Ibsen with one astonishing ‘Shawnian’ departure -- while perfectly healthy in Ibsen's original version, Shawn introduces Solness on his deathbed with only hours to live. When Hilde (Lisa Joyce), a mysterious young woman comes to visit, the once dominating, controlling and narcissistic Solness finds himself apparently revived in every possible way. Intense, intimate and painful, A Master Builder is a witty, mystical and psychologically complex interpretation of Ibsen’s masterpiece.