Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival

Films

Tributes and Retrospectives - Jane Campion

Awards:

Venice Film Festival 2021 – Silver Lion for Best Direction
Telluride Film Festival 2021
TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival

Crew:

Screenplay: Jane Campion (based on Thomas Savage’s novel)
Cinematography: Ari Wegner
Producers: Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier

The Power of the Dog

A film by Jane Campion

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1925. The Old West, historiographically extinct, survives as a myth of violence and Creation. In the state of Montana, two brothers are in charge of their family ranch, where they have slept in the same bedroom since they were kids. Tall, fierce and ruthless, Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) is the complete opposite of his quiet, generous brother George (Jesse Plemons). The relationship between the siblings, already an insurmountable abyss, will be put to test with the entrance of two new characters: a young widow (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

A Netflix production, The Power of the Dog is an adaptation of Thomas Savage’s novel of the same name. With this film, Campion sheds light on the psychology of the western, the feelings of disquiet and resentment that permeate the genre. Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Direction at this year’s Venice Film Festival, The Power of the Dog has its national premiere at LEFFEST – a special screening that is part of the retrospective dedicated to Campion, one of the defining filmmakers of her time.
  • Cast:

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy
  • Original Title:

    The Power of the Dog
  • Country:

    Australia, New Zealand
  • Year:

    2021
  • 127’ Subtitles: PT

Awards:

Venice Film Festival 2021 – Silver Lion for Best Direction
Telluride Film Festival 2021
TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival

Crew:

Screenplay: Jane Campion (based on Thomas Savage’s novel)
Cinematography: Ari Wegner
Producers: Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier

Schedule

Teatro Tivoli BBVA

Preceded by screening of an exclusive interview with Jane Campion

Tickets: 8€

Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval Acácio Barreiros Auditorium

Preceded by screening of an exclusive interview with Jane Campion

Tickets: 6€

Director

Jane Campion

Jane Campion is a New Zealand filmmaker and screenwriter whose films often portray female characters who live on the fringes of society. She is the second of five women nominated for the Oscar for Best Director and the first – the second was Julia Ducournau, in this year's edition – woman to receive the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Some of her notable works include The Piano (1993), In the Cut (2003) and Bright Star (2009). At this year’s Venice Film Festival, Campion won the Silver Lion for Best Director with The Power of the Dog (2021), her most recent project, which will be shown in LEFFEST as part of the retrospective dedicated to her filmography.

Although her parents were involved in the New Zealand theater scene, Campion initially rejected a career in the performing arts. She graduated with a degree in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington (1975), and later completed a Masters in Visual Arts (Painting) at the University of Sydney (1981). However, she decided to take up cinema and enrolled in the Australian Film Television and Radio School (1984). During this period, she directed several short films, including Peel (1982), which won the Palme d'Or in the Short Film category at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. Her first feature film, Sweetie (1989), was showcased at Cannes and won some international awards. An Angel at My Table (1990), a biopic about the life of New Zealand writer Janet Frame, brought her more recognition. With The Piano (1993), she won the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993 and an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The film was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and Campion for an Oscar for Best Director. Her subsequent films include: The Portrait of a Lady (1996), an adaptation of the Henry James novel starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich, Holy Smoke! (1999) with Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel, and the thriller In the Cut (2003), with Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh. More recently, she co-wrote and co-directed the critically acclaimed and commercially successful television series Top of the Lake (2013, 2017).
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