Madeleine Olnek’s Emily Dickinson drama wins US in Progress in Paris | 6/23/2017 | Staff
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Wild Nights With Emily, about an illicit romance, scoops €50,000 top prize.

US playwright and director Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights With Emily, inspired by the secret love life of US poet Emily Dickinson, has won the sixth edition of US in Progress in Paris.

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Taking place June 20-22 as part of the industry wing of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival, the event showcased five independent US feature productions at the rough-cut stage.

It is a joint initiative between the festival and the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Wild Nights With Emily revolves around Dickinson’s hushed-up affair with her brother’s wife Susan Dickinson, and the latter’s fierce rivalry with her husband’s lover.

After Dickinson’s death in 1886, the two illicit lovers entered into a fierce, but hidden, rivalry to promote the work of the poet.

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Olnek says in her notes that she wants to overturn the popular image of Dickinson as a “reclusive spinster” to show her “vivacious, irreverent” side.

It is Olnek’s third feature after Codependent **** Space Alien...
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