Sedona Film Fest presents ‘The Seagull’ encore May 24

Annette Bening, Brian Dennehy, Elisabeth Moss and Saoirse Ronan star in film

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a “Festival Flashback” of “The Seagull” on Monday, May 24 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“The Seagull” boasts a stellar, award-winning ensemble cast, including Annette Bening, Brian Dennehy, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Corey Stoll and Billy Howle, among others.

Adapted by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam Anton Chekhov's classic play and directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer, “The Seagull” explores, with comedy and melancholy, the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children, and the transcendent value and psychic toll of art.

One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life.

The estate is owned by Sorin (Brian Dennehy), a retired government employee, and his sister Irina (Annette Bening), a legendary actress of the Moscow stage. Irina is imperious, narcissistic and selfish, and anxious about holding on to her star status and the affections of her younger lover, Boris Trigorin (Corey Stoll), a successful writer of short stories. Irina constantly belittles her aspiring writer son Konstantin (Billy Howle), perhaps because his existence as a grown man reminds her that age is catching up with her. While he adores his mother despite her cruelty, Konstantin acts out his insecurity and anger by rejecting both her style of theatre and Boris's writing, declaring them old-fashioned and banal. A dreamer, Ko