37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


Living FINAL Play Button

The year is 1953. London is still rebuilding from the devastation of World War II, and William, a veteran civil servant, is living a remarkably mundane life. Buried in paperwork, deadlines, and bureaucracy, his quiet world is suddenly upended by a devastating medical diagnosis.

Determined to find fulfillment, William embarks on a journey to discover meaning and adventure before it’s too late. Along the way, he meets the lively Margaret and the idealistic new coworker Parker who help William create his legacy. Directed by Oliver Hermanus, Living is a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film Ikiru. Starring Billy Nighy, Aimee Lee Wood, Alex Sharp, and Tom Burke, Living is a powerful story that asks audiences to consider what it truly means to live.

Introduction by Joe Fab (VAFF)

This film will be presented with Open Captions and the on stage presentations will include ASL interpretation.

“Sentimental but never cloying, Living is an elegant elegy, a reminder to take little in life for granted” -The Atlantic, Shirley Li


Sunday, November 6


3:15 PM


The Paramount Theater

Film Info

Director: Oliver Hermanus

Runtime: 102 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2022

Country: USA

Language: English

Accessibility: Open Captions

Featuring: Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke