The film Living (2022, dir. Oliver Hermanus), with a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro, is an adaptation of the Akira Kurosawa 1952 classic Ikiru (which means ‘to live’) which is based on the Leo Tolstoy novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886). Living 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 Living

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Citation: Logotheti, Anastasia. "Living". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 May 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41224, accessed 01 June 2023.]

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