Film - Homage | CineMerit Award Emma Thompson Filmfest 2018


Directed by James Ivory


Director: James Ivory
Section: Homage | CineMerit Award Emma Thompson
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1992
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave



Margaret Schlegel is mourning the death of Ruth Wilcox, with whom she had had a brief but close friendship. The conservative Wilcox family makes no mention of Ruth's final wish to bequeath the country home Howard's End to Margaret. Years later, Margaret Schlegel and Ruth's widower, Henry, grow close and get married, but the differences remain between the freethinking, culturally attuned Schlegels and the traditionally Victorian Wilcoxes. The modern views held by Margaret's younger sister Helen repeatedly clash with the values of the in-laws. Fate finally puts Margaret to the test: Will she resist the will of her strict husband? For her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel, Emma Thompson received the Oscar for best actress in a leading role. HOWARD'S END is based on the novel of the same title by Edward Morgan Forster.

Meet the director


James Ivory

James Ivory was born in Berkeley, California, in 1928. He studied art at the University of Oregon and originally wanted to be a set designer, but then decided to study film at USC in Los Angeles and become a director. Ivory directed various short and documentary films and was asked in 1960 to make a film about India. He stayed there for several years and made the acquaintance of Ismail Merchant, with whom he founded Merchant Ivory Productions. The two lived and worked together for 40 years, until Merchant's death in 2005. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was always at their side, writing the screenplays for many of Ivory's well-known literary adaptations. Ivory's most famous works as a director include ROOM WITH A VIEW (1986), HOWARD'S END (1991), and THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (1993). In 2018, he received an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME.


Screenplay: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Original Material: E.M. Forster
Director of Photography: Tony Pierce-Roberts
Film Editor: Andrew Marcus
Composer: Richard Robbins
Production Designer: Luciana Arrighi
Costume Design: Jenny Beavan, John Bright
Sound: Mike Shoring
Producer: Ismail Merchant
Production Company: Merchant Ivory Productions
World Sales: Cohen Media Group
Distributor: Tele München GmbH