La Biennale di Venezia

Your are here

Cinema

Darren Aronofsky - Mother!


  • At
  • Sala Grande
  • Admission with ticket

USA / 120’
language English
cast Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris
screenplay Darren Aronofsky
cinematographer Matthew Libatique
editor Andrew Weisblum
production designer Philip Messina
costume designer Danny Glicker
sound Simon Poudrette
special effects Mario Dumont

Synopsis

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. mother! is a riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

Director’s Statement

It is a mad time to be alive. As the world population nears 8 billion we face issues too serious to fathom: ecosystems collapse as we witness extinction at an unprecedented rate; migrant crises disrupt governments; a seemingly schizophrenic US helps broker a landmark climate treaty and months later withdraws; ancient tribal disputes and beliefs continue to drive war and division; the largest iceberg ever recorded breaks off an Antarctic ice shelf and drifts out to sea. At the same time we face issues too ridiculous to comprehend: in South America tourists twice kill rare baby dolphins that washed ashore, suffocating them in a frenzy of selfies; politics resembles sporting events; people still starve to death while others can order any meat they desire. As a species our footprint is perilously unsustainable yet we live in a state of denial about the outlook for our planet and our place on it. From this primordial soup of angst and helplessness, I woke up one morning and this movie poured out of me like a fever dream. All of my previous films gestated with me for many years but I wrote the first draft of mother! in 5 days. Within a year we were rolling cameras. And now two years later, it is an honor to return to the Lido for the world premiere. I imagine people may ask why the film has such a dark vision. Hubert Selby Jr., the author of Requiem for a Dream, taught me that through staring into the darkest parts of ourselves is where we find the light. mother! begins as a chamber story about a marriage. At the center is a woman who is asked to give and give and give until she can give nothing more. Eventually, the chamber story can’t contain the pressure boiling inside. It becomes something else which is hard to explain or describe. I can’t fully pinpoint where this film all came from. Some came from the headlines we face every second of every day, some came from the endless buzzing of notifications on our smartphones, some came from living through the blackout of Hurricane Sandy in downtown Manhattan, some came from my heart, some from my gut. Collectively it’s a recipe I won’t ever be able to reproduce, but I do know this serving is best drunk as a single dose in a shot glass. Knock it back. Salute!

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: Protozoa Pictures / Day 6 Film Productions
104 N. 7th St. Brooklyn
11249 New York – United States
Tel. +1 718-388-5280
foley@protozoa.com

WORLD SALES: Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Ave
90039 Los Angeles – United States
Tel. +1 323-956-8434
allegra_clegg@paramount.com
www.paramount.com

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Twentieth Century Fox Italy
Via Salaria 1021
00138 Roma – Italy
Tel. +39 06.881751
Paul.Zonderland@fox.com

Sala Grande

LUNGOMARE MARCONI,  30126
LIDO DI VENEZIA
TEL  +39 0415218711
info@labiennale.org

Discover the venue

See on Google Maps

Share this page on

Biennale Cinema
Biennale Cinema