FILM: CLOUD ATLAS
From acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski comes the powerful and inspiring epic ‘Cloud Atlas’, based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell.
Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years. Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next.
Born and reborn. As the consequences of their actions and choices impact one another through the past, the present and the distant future, one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Everything is connected.
“The scale of its ideas is what we were instantly attracted to, its compassion for human beings, its boldness and audacity and the way it felt simultaneously classic and yet completely new,” says Lana Wachowski one of the film’s three writer/directors who adapted the award-wining David Mitchell novel on which it is based. “Thematically, it transcends boundaries of race and gender, location and time, and tells a story that implies the nature of humanity is beyond all those boundaries. That’s what intrigued us when we read the novel and then when we started working on the script.”
Encompassing a range of genres and set simultaneously in the past, present and future, “Cloud Atlas” illustrates how events and decisions made by the people in one period can reverberate in unforeseeable ways across the timeline to touch the lives of others.
Tom Hanks, who appears in six roles, representing the journey of a single soul through points along the continuum, observes, “The characters are often witnessing something that could change their lives forever and they have to act. They can be heroes or cowards. The question is, ‘What is history but countless moments like this, strung together? What is the human condition but a series of decisions you have to make?’”
CAST: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant
DIRECTOR: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski