Vital Thrills has your exclusive first look at a new clip from The Affair, the period drama starring Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones), Claes Bang (Dracula) and Hanna Alström (Kingsman films). Vertical Entertainment will release the film On Demand March 5, 2021.
The clip, which you can watch using the player below, showcases the film’s period costumes and settings as well as gives a close-up to the performance of Carice van Houten as Hana.
The Affair was directed by Julius Ševčík from a screenplay by Simon Mawer and Andrew Shaw. It was produced by Rudolf Biermann and Josefina Borecka.
In 1930s Czechoslovakia, newlyweds Viktor (Bang) and Liesel Landauer (Alström) are filled with optimism and happiness in their new home. But all too soon, extramarital temptations bring out their darkest secrets and desires.
As Liesel turns to her sensual friend Hana (Van Houten) for the passion she lacks in her marriage, Nazi troops enter the country, threatening the Landauer’s lives and the burning desire between the two women. Alexandra Borbély and Martin Hofmann also star.
The Affair was adapted from British author Simon Mawer’s acclaimed novel The Glass Room, inspired by the dramatic events of the 20th century and the birth of an iconic architectural gem, the Tugendhat Villa in Brno.
The film tells a story of love, friendship and life-shaping decisions. This extensive project has taken almost ten years from the initial idea to completion.
“The Affair is adapted from a novel by Simon Mawer that maps the 20th century history of Czechoslovakia while telling three love stories featuring characters who lived in the Tugendhat villa over the course of the decades. We tried to keep both these dimensions in the film,” said director Julius Ševčík.
“We drew inspiration from classic movies like The English Patient and from conceptual love stories like In the Mood for Love. The Affair is an intricate portrayal of a love story against the backdrop of history.”
“Everything that shapes the fates of Hana and Liesel is in some way linked to the villa and its glass room which, in the fictitious world of the film, is the work of a visionary architect called Von Abt,” added Rudolf Biermann, the film’s producer.
“But the word room here means more than just part of a house. If our life plays out in a transparent glass space, we break away from established rules and customs.”
“The first time I read the screenplay, I loved how the house was almost the main character of the story,” said Carice van Houten.
“Its glass room being a metaphor for transparency. Both in history as in emotion. In the villa there is nowhere to hide. Also I loved the fact that Hana is a very modern woman, and that really resonated with me.”
“Liesel is full of hope, but she is also a very strong and, for her time, modern women, when we consider that the story begins in the mid 1930s,” said Hanna Alström.
“Hana and Liesel never stop believing in love, a love that gives them strength at key moments and ultimately gives meaning to their lives,” commented producer Rudolf Biermann.