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The King

Out of Competition

Director:
David Michôd
Production:
Plan B (Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner), Porchlight Films (Liz Watts), Yoki (David Michôd), Blue-Tongue Films (Joel Edgerton), Netflix
Running Time:
133’
Language:
English, French
Country:
UK, Hungary
Year:
2019
Main Cast:
Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lily-Rose Depp, Thomasin McKenzie, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn
Screenplay:
David Michôd, Joel Edgerton
Cinematographer:
Adam Arkapaw
Editor:
Peter Sciberras
Production Designer:
Fiona Crombie
Costume Designer:
Jane Petrie
Music:
Nicholas Britell
Sound:
Robert Mackenzie, Sam Petty
Visual Effects:
Andrew Jackson

Synopsis

Hal, wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life—including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff.

Director’s Statement

Before Joel Edgerton and I embarked on a retelling of the story of Henry V, I never thought I’d find myself one day making a medieval movie. Swords and horses were never my thing. But the more we talked and the deeper I researched, the more excited I was by the idea of rendering the Middle Ages—its dirt, its brutality, its precariousness of life and death, its sheer other-worldliness—in a way that felt raw and human. I wanted the kind of medieval movie I might make—one devoid of the nationalist bombast normally associated with the story of Henry V and one that might illuminate the ways in which war can emerge from the swamp of power and paranoia, greed and hubris, fear and family.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, p.g.a., Jeremy Kleiner, p.g.a. - PLAN B
9150 Wilshire Boulevard
Headquarters 9150 - Beverly Hills, United States

PRODUCTION 2: Liz Watts, p.g.a - PORTCHLIGHT FILMS
1/18-20 Victoria St
NSW 204 – Australia
Tel. 31 6 297 292 79

PRODUCTION 3: David Michôd - YOKI, INC
United States

PRODUCTION 4: Joel Edgerton – Blue-Tongue Films
Australia
Tel. 31 6 297 292 797

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: NETFLIX

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Cai Mason – NETFLIX
100 Winchester Circle
CA95032 - Los Gatos, United States
Tel. 629729279
CMASON@NETFLIX.COM

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Gianluca Pignatelli, Benedetta Lucherini, Daniele Massironi
gianluca@studiolucherinipignatelli.it
benny@studiolucherinipignatelli.it
daniele@studiolucherinipignatelli.it

PRESS OFFICE: DDA – Lucy Post, Priya Shanmuganathan, Paul Saunter
TheKing@ddapr.com


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