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The Power of the Dog

Venezia 78 Competition

Director:
Jane Campion
Production:
See-Saw Films (Emile Sherman, Iain Canning), Bad Girl Creek, Brightstar, BBC FIlm, Max Films, Cross City Films
Running Time:
128’
Language:
English
Country:
New Zealand, Australia
Main Cast:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Screenplay:
Jane Campion
Cinematographer:
Ari Wegner
Editor:
Peter Scibberas
Production Designer:
Grant Major
Costume Designer:
Kirsty Cameron
Music:
Jonny Greenwood
Sound:
Robert McKenzie, Dave Whitehead
Visual Effects:
Jay Hawkins
Note:from the novel "The Power of the Dog" by Thomas Savage

Synopsis

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Director’s Statement

Falling in love with Thomas Savage’s powerful novel was a rare joy, yet I never thought of directing it with so many male characters and such deep masculine themes. I questioned instead who Savage with his own ambiguous masculinity would have wanted as his director and slowly I felt him slip an arm around my shoulder; “A mad woman who knows how to love the story? Yes, perfect.” I offered my whole self to Savage’s magnificent story, I let it sweep me up; I felt the lover in Phil as well as his terrible loneliness; I saw the importance and strength of each of the characters to the story and how each are finally revealed. I am honored to share this film with a real audience in a real cinema.

Production/Distribution

 PRODUCTION1: Emile Sherman, Iain Canning – See-Saw Films
2 Paddington Street
NSW 2021 – Paddington, Australia

PRODUCTION 2: Jane Campion – Bad Girl Creek
138 Paddington Street
NSW 2021 – Paddington, Australia

PRODUCTION 3: Tanya Seghatchian – Brightstar
First Floor 30 Tavistock Street
WC2E 7PB – London, United Kingdom

PRODUCTION 4: BBC Film
BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place
W1A 1AA – London, United Kingdom

PRODUCTION 5: Roger Frappier – Max Films
5639 Ave Christophe-Colomb
H2S 2E8 – Montreal, Canada

PRODUCTION 6: Cross City Films
3rd Floor, 45 Folgate St.
E1 6GL – London, United Kingdom

ITALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: Cai Mason – Netflix
Tel. +31 6 297 292 79
cmason@netflix.com

PRESS OFFICE: Paul Saunter, Lucy Post – DDA PR
PowerOfTheDog@ddapr.com

UFFICIO STAMPA ITALIANA: Gianluca Pignatelli, Benedetta Lucherini, Daniele Massironi – Studio Lucherini Pignatelli
gianluca@studiolucherinipignatelli.it
benny@studiolucherinipignatelli.it
daniele@studiolucherinipignatelli.it


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