The most prestigious pinnacle.
In the realm of cinema, adapting a global bestseller counts among the most prestigious – and precarious – pinnacles of movie making. Seminal director Bille August (The House of the Spirits) once again took the reins to adapt the highly complex storyline of Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon to suit the silver screen. Flanked by iconic actors including Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee and Bruno Ganz, Jack Huston’s central character steals the limelight: Here, the young British actor – already feted for his spot-on portrayal in the US series Boardwalk Empire – plays a prospective doctor from Lisbon who decides to rebel against the country’s 1970s Salazar dictatorship and soon becomes embroiled in a tragic social and emotional triangle.
One of the most gripping encounters of the film, between Huston and actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), provides the last missing puzzle piece of this philosophical thriller – and takes place in a 280 SE (1969) at sunrise. To find out more about the film, and the person behind the main character, we caught up with Jack Huston in Berlin during the Berlinale Film Festival.