After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (played by six time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe's literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later-a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.
Björn Runge is an acclaimed director, author, screenwriter and playwright, from Lysekil, Sweden. His first feature film, Harry och Sonja, which he wrote and directed, was released in 1996. One of the highlights of his career was the film Daybreak (Om Jag Vänder Mig Om), which he also wrote and directed. For this he received two Guldbagge Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay in 2003. The film was shown at Berlin Film Festival where it was awarded the Silver Bear and Der Blaue Engel Prize, for best European film. Björn’s acclaimed film Mouth to Mouth (Mun Mot Mun) also received a Nordic Council Film Prize (Nordiska Rådets Filmpris) in 2005.
Other film and screenplay credits include Happy End, short film Rensa Fisk, Raymond - Sju Resor Värre, and documentary Vulkanmannen. Runge is also known for directing TV projects; TV documentary Dokument Rörande Filmregissören Roy Andersson, TV film Ögonblickets Barn, as well as TV mini-series Anderssons Älskarinna.
Along with screenplay and director credits, Runge also published his first novel - Det Allra Enklaste in 2014. From 2012 to 2017 he directed several stage productions for Stockholms Stadsteater, including Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” He has also written several plays himself and went on to publish a book with five of the plays he has written over the years. This autumn, Runge will premiere his latest stage production, I Am Another One Now.
In addition to the theatrical release of his drama The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, in 2018, Runge is currently in the process of completing a film essay titled Conversations Over the Horizon and has a new book that will be published next year.