Archive of films Normal Heart / The Normal Heart
This riveting HBO drama tells the story of gay activist and writer Ned Weeks who, at the beginning of the 1980s, was one of the first to vociferously criticize the marginalization of the then unknown HIV virus. Excellent performances were turned in by Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, and especially Mark Ruffalo in the starring role.
This riveting HBO drama tells the story of gay activist and writer Ned Weeks who, at the beginning of the 1980s, was one of the first to vociferously criticize the marginalization of the then unknown HIV virus. As a supporter of monogamy, he was a thorn in the side of his gay friends: 30 years previously, they rallied behind promiscuity as an expression of their right to freely love whomever they wished. This adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play offers an unvarnished look at American sexual politics of the early 1980s, exploring the efforts of gay activists and their kindred spirits in the medical community to uncover the truth about the emerging epidemic, first referred to as "gay cancer.” The excellent performances, which will surely be acknowledged during next spring’s award ceremonies, were supplied by Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, and especially Mark Ruffalo in the role of Ned Weeks.
About the director
Ryan Murphy (b. 1966, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA), film and television director, screenwriter, and producer, graduated in journalism from Indiana University and later wrote for The Miami Herald and The Los Angeles Times. His first screenplay, Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn, was purchased by Steven Spielberg. He contributed multiple skills to the Golden Globe-winning series "Nip/Tuck,” "Glee,” and "American Horror Story.” He debuted in 2006 as a writer-director in feature film with the eccentric comedy drama Running with Scissors, and audiences adored his next picture Eat Pray Love (2010). The Normal Heart is his third feature.
About the film
|Larry Kramer, Ryan Murphy podle divadelní hry / based on the play by Larry Kramer
|Dir. of Photography:
|Plan B Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions
|Mark Ruffalo, Alfred Molina, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff
|HBO Europe, HBO Entertainment
Film Institution Rep., Producer