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Check out Bill Nighy in the first teaser for Living, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru

Bill Nighy appears in Living by Oliver Hermanus, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Number 9 Films/Ross Ferguson.

The first teaser for Oliver Hermanus’s latest feature Living, has been released. The film stars BAFTA and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy , SAG Award® and Tony winner Alex Sharp (The Trial of the Chicago Seven, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), BIFA nominee Tom Burke (Mank, The Souvenir) and BAFTA Award winner Aimee Lou Wood.

Set in London 1952, Living follows Williams (Nighy), a veteran civil servant buried in paperwork as the city rebuilds after WWII. A life-threatening medical diagnosis sends him to the coast with a briefcase of bills and emptied savings account, vowing to make his final days meaningful, only to realize he doesn’t know how. After an enigmatic stranger (Burke) takes him out on the town, Williams becomes intrigued by a young co-worker (Wood) who seems to possess the vitality that has previously evaded him. With the help of an optimistic new colleague (Sharp), Williams turns his efforts to bringing happiness to his community in a surprising way.

Nobel Prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro (Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go, Klara and the Sun) adapts from the 1952 Japanese classic Ikiru with Ko Kurosawa of Kurosawa Productions executive producing and Toho – who distributed the original – buying the rights for Japan.

The film has been developed with support from Film4 and Ingenious, with financing from Film4, County Hall Arts and Lipsync. Film4 retain UK free TV broadcast rights.

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