Friday, January 11, 2013

Les Misérables

Les Fizz: 1. Alison Canavan; 2. Aisling Rice and John O'Malley; 3. Karen Koster. (Pix. Anthony Woods)

There was no place for misery at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield last week, the venue for the premiere of the much anticipated feature film Les Misérables”.  Hosted by Universal Pictures, in association with Moët & Chandon, the screening was the first time that the widely acclaimed film adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation was shown in Ireland.

The world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale.  The film includes international superstars and beloved songs including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérablestells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.  Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole.  When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

Guests on the night included TV personalities Brendan Courtney from RTE’s Off the Rails and TV3’s Karen Koster. Also enjoying the champagne reception were Caroline Sleiman, top Irish model Alison Canavan along with Noel Sutton from GAZE Film Festival.

Always playing a glamorous role in the history of film, both on and off screen, Moët and Les Misérables made for a perfect fit and a memorable evening.  Santé!