“Jane Eyre,” a 1996 multi-national film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, will be screened Friday, Sept. 19, as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
The film is based on Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel and draws heavily on the author’s life experiences and independent thinking. Jane, played as a child by Anna Paquin and as an adult by Charlotte Gainsbourg, spends her childhood as an unwanted orphan in her aunt’s home and then at a strict charity boarding school.
As a young woman, she is hired as a governess to Adèle (Josephine Serre), the ward of Edward Rochester (William Hurt), the master of Thornfield Hall, a forbidding, enigmatic place where many mysteries remain unexplained.
The friendliest person in the household is Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper (Joan Plowright), who offers Jane guidance when needed. Jane and Rochester are drawn to each other and eventually realize they are deeply in love, but obstacles to their romance take many years to overcome.