“Hilary and Jackie,” a 1998 British film directed by Anand Tucker, will be screened Friday, Oct. 21, as part of the International Film series, now in its 15th year.
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 the lives of real-life sisters Hilary and Jacqueline du Pré, who grew up as close friends and talented musicians. Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) is a flutist who puts her family life over her musical career, in contrast to Jackie (Emily Watson), who became a world-renowned cellist, always on the road to perform with the world’s leading orchestras.
Jackie’s life was cut short in 1987 at age 42 when she died of multiple sclerosis, which had forced her to stop playing in 1973. Watson graphically depicts the debilitating effects of the disease.
Jacqueline du Pré’s recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto has been available continuously since it was first released. It is a prominent feature of the soundtrack.