Albert Nobbs

Year of Production:
2011
US Distributor:
Roadside Attractions, Liddell Entertainment
UK Distributor:
eOne
Status:
Library
Genre:
Drama
Country of Origin:
Ireland
Language:
English
Running Time:
113 mins.
Director:
Rodrigo Garcia
Cast:
Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson, Janet McTeer
Crew:

Writers: Glenn Close, John Banville, Gabriela Prekop

DoP: Michael McDonough

Editor: Steven Weisberg

Production Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein

Music: Brian Byrne

A witty Irish-set period drama about the lives of staff at Dublin’s most luxurious hotel: the illegitimate child of a maid, a beautiful couple’s impossible love, and Albert…a woman who pretends to be a man to survive.

19th Century Ireland: for a woman to be independent and single, she must deceive everyone – by pretending to be a man. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding deep secret for years – ‘he’ is a woman who has had to dress and behave as a man all her life in order to escape a life of poverty and loneliness.

When a handsome painter Hubert Page arrives at the hotel, Albert is inspired to try and escape the false life she has created for herself. She gathers her nerve to court beautiful, saucy young maid Helen in whom she thinks she’s found a soul-mate – but Helen’s eye is on a new arrival: handsome, bad-boy Joe, the new handy-man.

As Albert dares to hope that she might one day live a normal life, we catch a glimpse of a free-spirited woman who is caught in the wrong time…

Screen International has unveiled the shortlist for its third annual Screen UK Marketing & Distribution Awards.

Distributors leading the shortlist are Fox with 14 nods, Momentum and Lionsgate with 10 each, Warner Bros with 8 and...

Read more

Albert Nobbs earned Oscar nominations for both its leading actresses, so I feared that — along with other ‘Oscar bait’ — it might be dull and worthy. I was pleasantly surprised.

This costume drama set in 19th-century Dublin is no stilted...

Read more

UK distributor eOne releases Oscar-nominated ALBERT NOBBS on the 27th of April.

"a subtle and deeply sad performance...you’ll never look at costume dramas the same way again." The Sunday Mirror

"Close deservedly won an Oscar...

Read more

There is no crackle on the line to Glenn Close. No echo or delay. No hiss or interference. "Yes! I can hear you! I can hear you fine!" She sounds almost alarmingly near, sat in her flat on Central Park West, New York. Not boomy, exactly, but big...

Read more

A GHOST-LIKE character shuffles slowly, almost anonymously, into a sparsely furnished room on the top floor of Dublin’s Cabinteely House.

The figure is of slight build, with a close crop of gingery hair, twinkling eyes peering from a...

Read more

Three decades have passed since Glenn Close first played the cross-dressing butler Albert Nobbs in an off-Broadway play (based on a novella) and it's a role that clearly got under her skin. She co-wrote and produced this big screen version which...

Read more

What’s it all about?

Albert Nobbs (Close) works as a butler in a posh hotel in late 19th-century Dublin. But Albert is a woman in disguise. Her secret is in danger of coming out when she befriends a painter, Hubert (McTeer) and gets close...

Read more

Behind every great man, there is supposedly a great woman.

Some of the finest works of literature take this notion at face value, concealing the sex of resourceful heroines behind a manly garb.

The Country Wife by William Wycherley...

Read more

The 31st Istanbul Film Festival’s Golden Tulip Awards were presented at the closure gala and awards ceremony, which took place at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Saturday, 14 April.

Albert Nobbs was awarded The People's...

Read more

On the morning of Oscar nominations, most actors wait nervously to hear their own name announced. But Janet McTeer, Best Supporting Actress nominee for Albert Nobbs, was hoping to hear another name first: Glenn Close, who stars as Nobbs and has...

Read more

As Glenn Close arrives back in Dublin for the screening of ‘Albert Nobbs’, she talks about the joy of living quietly, her chances at the Oscars and her role as that famous bunny boiler, writes TARA BRADY

THIRTY YEARS have passed since...

Read more

eOne has secured a slew of multi territory deals during Berlin’s European Film Market.

Multi-territory deals:

2 Guns, starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, from Foresight - UK & Canada

A Most Wanted Man starring...

Read more

On a cold and dreary November afternoon, the cozy lobby of the Chateau Marmont calls to mind Dublin's once historic Morrison's Hotel, where Albert Nobbs, the title character in the new gender-bending drama starring Glenn Close, works as a waiter...

Read more

The best movies find ways to be something larger than the one-line description that winds up in TV Guide or other brevity-obsessed outlets.

And so it is with Rodrigo Garcia's Albert Nobbs, a comedy of manners minus the comedy; while there...

Read more

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards NOMINATIONS

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2012
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
THE DESCENDANTS - Ad...

Read more

In the new film "Albert Nobbs," British actress Janet McTeer stars opposite Glenn Close as a cross-dressing lesbian in 1890s Ireland.

Playing a woman who has chosen to live her life as a man was a first for Ms. McTeer, 50, although she has...

Read more

18th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS NOMINATIONS
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo – “A BETTER LIFE” (Summit Entertainment)
GEORGE...

Read more

MOST failed auditions are quickly forgotten. Rarely does one generate a part that haunts an actor for three decades, lingering like an unresolved relationship that refuses to be eclipsed by successes across film, theater and television. But a...

Read more

How can a woman with no family, no inheritance, and no job prospects survive? If we're talking today, and if we're talking America, at least she stands a chance. If we're talking 19th-century Ireland, posing as a man might be the only way. In the...

Read more

The song that comes near the end of "Albert Nobbs" was, in some regards, a crisis averted. Composer Brian Byrne believed the film needed a song, he said, but producer and star Glenn Close and director Rodrigo Garcia were looking simply for a film...

Read more

Do we have a diva showdown on our hands? Next week awards-o-philes will have a difficult choice between “The Iron Lady” (Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher) and “Albert Nobbs” (Glenn Close as a woman passing as a male butler in Victorian Dublin),...

Read more

How do you forecast what nutty notions might be floating around in the heads of the 83 full- and part-time entertainment journalists who constitute the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., a group that, for last year’s Golden Globes, labeled “The...

Read more

As a lead actress nominee for the 1999 pic "Tumbleweeds," Tony Award winner Janet McTeer dazzled as Mary Jo Walker, a hard-drinking peripatetic mom with a penchant for cowboys and truckers.

Now, with "Albert Nobbs," critics are talking her...

Read more

When Glenn Close speaks of her title character "Albert Nobbs," she only employs female pronouns.

"It's very funny, because I always talk about her as a 'she.' Other people talk about Albert as a 'he,' but it's just how they perceive it...

Read more

Both films took five nominations while "Beginners," "Drive," "The Descendants" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" each claimed four noms.

With five nominations each, the silent movie The Artist and the apocalyptic drama Take Shelter dominated...

Read more

The nearly three decades that Glenn Close spent trying to achieve her dream of making “Albert Nobbs” into a feature film has already become the stuff of Hollywood legend — even though the film will only have an Oscar qualifying run this year and...

Read more

Glenn Close isn’t the only woman bending genders in “Albert Nobbs.” Tony-winning costar Janet McTeer gains some momentum this week as audiences continue talking about her magnificent work as the confident housepainter who inspires Close’s quiet...

Read more

The sad little man in the black coat and bowler hat cuts a forlorn figure as he walks through the streets of late 19th-century Dublin. He looks a little like Charlie Chaplin but there is none of Chaplin's humour in his expression, which is always...

Read more

Janet McTeer is a magnificent performer, whether it’s her Tony-winning Nora in “A Doll’s House” on Broadway, her Oscar-nominated, sexually footloose American mom in “Tumbleweeds” or her unstoppable musicologist striding up hill and down dale in...

Read more

In her quest to win her first best actress Academy Award after five previous nominations, Glenn Close just got a boost from the Tokyo International Film Festival, which named her best actress for her performance in Albert Nobbs.

In the...

Read more

When Glenn Close sees a good part she goes after it -- even if it takes decades.

Bringing “Albert Nobbs” to the screen was a 15-year effort on the part of Oscar-nominated actress, who first played the role in an Off Broadway production in...

Read more

Glenn Close laughs off, literally, the notion of a career achievement award. "I'm grateful I have a career," she says. "It's kind of amazing to me. I'm very honored that my work is something that people deem worth celebrating. That song, 'I'm...

Read more

The five-time Oscar nominee is a leading contender to take home this year's best actress statuette for "Albert Nobbs."

The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, will honor veteran...

Read more

Friend and director Rodrigo Garcia handed Close the award on the same day that they presented their latest work "Albert Nobbs."

The 59th San Sebastian International Film Festival honored Glenn Close with the Donostia Lifetime Achievement...

Read more

Glenn Close waited 30 years to make a movie about a woman who dressed as a man to keep her job as a butler at a Dublin hotel around the start of the last century.

The resulting picture, Albert Nobbs, is a triumph for Ms Close. Her portrait...

Read more

Meryl Streep must be quaking in her court shoes. That 2012 best actress Oscar was all but ready-etched with Streep's name for her turn as Margaret Thatcher in biopic The Iron Lady (out at the start of next year), but her main rival in the race is...

Read more

Albert Nobbs is the perfect servant; dedicated, discreet and self-effacing, seeing everything but saying nothing. Albert is also a woman who has denied the very essence of her existence to survive in a world dominated by men. The story of her...

Read more

For Glenn Close, the coming fall season is going to be a real drag—and that’s a good thing. The acclaimed actress is set to storm theaters with “Albert Nobbs,” a passion project in which she plays a woman masquerading as a male waiter in 19th-...

Read more

Based on the Telluride reaction to Glenn Close’s long-aborning gender-bender drama Albert Nobbs, the veteran actress has a shot at an Oscar nomination—and so does supporting actress Janet McTeer. Roadside Attractions is planning a late year...

Read more

Making its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, ‘Albert Nobbs’ features a jaw-dropping performance by Glenn Close as a woman passing for a male waiter in 19th-century Dublin that will surely garner her sixth Oscar nomination. The star...

Read more

Telluride is a friendly, informal, remote place where movie stars shed some of their glamor and mingle with the friendly crowds. George Clooney strolled into the patron’s brunch on Friday — an al fresco, invitation-only event held on the first...

Read more

Two of the last three best picture Oscar winners — “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire” — had their world premieres here at the Telluride Film Festival.

Organizers of the idiosyncratic cinematic celebration in southwest Colorado...

Read more
Albert Nobbs

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At the Toronto International Film Festival, the talent isn’t just on the screen. TIFF often is characterized by the sheer number of actors, directors, producers and talents that are occupying theater...

Read more
Albert Nobbs

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Albert Nobbs,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and a regional premiere of DreamWorks’ anticipated animated sequel “Puss in Boots” are the highlights of the first wave of programming for the Austin Film...

Read more

The Irish-set drama that reprises Close's 1982 stage role will receive red carpet treatment at Roy Thomson Hall.

TORONTO -- Glenn Close will be at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert...

Read more

Thesp will receive Donostia Award
By Variety Staff
MADRID -- Glenn Close will receive the San Sebastian Film Festival's Donostia Award for career achievement on Sept. 18.

Close will be at the Spanish event to present the...

Read more

The actress will receive the lifetime achievement award and present her latest film, Rodrigo García’s ''Albert Nobbs''
GLENN CLOSE, one of Hollywood’s most feted actresses, will be the film personality to receive this year’s Donostia...

Read more
Alber Nobbs

Should be a contender: the 50 big films vying for Oscar's attention

The end of July means the start of the awards season: it's when the two big autumn film festivals – Venice and Toronto – start to announce their programmes, and when we...

Read more
Albert Nobbs

Toronto International Film Festival Announces Stellar Line-Up of Galas and Special Presentations

Toronto – Now in its 36th year, the Toronto International Film Festival® today unveiled a selection of films in the 2011 Galas and Special...

Read more

It appears Glenn Close may be shaking up the Best Actress Oscar race this year. Today's announcement that Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired all U.S. rights to Albert Nobbs, in which Close plays a woman passing as a man...

Read more

Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have joined forces to acquire U.S. rights to the Glenn Close vehicle “Albert Nobbs,” from director Rodrigo Garcia (“Mother and Child”). The two companies are planning on a fall release this year....

Read more

The Weinsteins have release a new teaser (below) for Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady (December 16). Could this be Oscar number three for Academy perennial Meryl Streep, with a record 16 nominations?

TWC has a full Oscar plate, and their job...

Read more

Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have acquired all U.S. rights to Albert Nobbs, which stars Glenn Close as a woman passing for a man in nineteenth century Dublin. The companies plan a fall release.

Rodrigo Garcia directed the...

Read more

Mickey Liddell has jumped on board his latest US acquisition, teaming up with Roadside Attractions on rights to the Glenn Close-starrer.

The partners plan an awards season launch in autumn for Albert Nobbs, in which Close will play a woman...

Read more

Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have acquired US rights to Albert Nobbs, which stars Glenn Close as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Dublin. Rodrigo Garcia directed the drama, which also stars...

Read more

Glenn Close hasn't been a formidable Oscar contender since the 1980s, when in a seven-year span she landed a remarkable five nominations, for her roles in films such as "Fatal Attraction" and "Dangerous Liaisons."



That could change this...

Read more

It's one thing not to be nominated, but to be left at the altar five times? Welcome to Glenn Close's world. Granted, it's not as depressing as Peter O'Toole's record eight nominations without a win, but it's close. Now, after two Emmys and a...

Read more

Glenn Close’s long awaited passion project Albert Nobbs is now shooting in Dublin, with Rodrigo Garcia directing an all-star cast including Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Award-winning actress Glenn Close has spent...

Read more

She has won many an award for best actress. Now it seems Glenn Close might be hoping for a best actor honour. The 63-year-old Hollywood star, who starred alongside Michael Douglas in steamy thriller Fatal Attraction, has been transformed for her...

Read more

Even dressed in her dark suit and tie, Glenn Close's face gives her away. Here he/she is on the set of the new film Albert Nobbs, filming in Dublin today.

The film, based on the short story by Irish novelist George Moore, stars Close in...

Read more

Hollywood actor Glenn Close has said she is delighted to be able to start filming The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs  in Dublin on Monday after a wait of 15 years.

The film, based on the short story by Irish novelist George Moore, stars...

Read more

Joining Glenn Close in the cast will be Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson and Brenda Fricker.

London-based WestEnd Films has closed a raft of eyecatching deals on Rodrigo Garcia’s ensemble drama Albert Nobbs and has confirmed...

Read more

Release information

US Distributor

Liddell Entertainment /
Roadside Attractions
Release Date:
27th January 2012

UK Distributor

eOne
Release Date:
27th April 2012

Artwork

Stills

Trailers

Play