The film


(2022, dir. Oliver Hermanus), with a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro, is an adaptation of the Akira Kurosawa 1952 classic


(which means ‘to live’) which is based on the Leo Tolstoy novella

The Death of Ivan Ilyich



premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2022 and was then shown at major film festivals (Toronto, Telluride, Venice, San Sebastian). During awards season 2023 numerous nominations for the screenplay (including an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay) recognized Ishiguro’s “tremendous screenwriting”, as playwright David Hare characterizes it. Film critic Robert Koehler suggests that the


screenplay is not only “a work of dramatic writing at the highest level” but also “a master class in how to…

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Citation: Logotheti, Anastasia. "Living". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 May 2023 [, accessed 29 February 2024.]

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