Lauded by many critics as the best film of 2021, The Power of the Dog is an a-typical Western that explores what it means to be a man.
Language: English – subtitles: Dutch
The Power of the Dog is based on the 1967 novel bearing the same name by Thomas Savage. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Doctor Strange) plays Phil Burbank: a cruel 1920's cowboy who owns a successful ranch. Much of the movie revolves around his relationship with his brother George, George's new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her son Peter -- to all of whom, Phil is a complete jerk. But then Phil starts taking Peter under his wing. Is he finally showing his softer side, or is this the plot twisting further into menace?
Director Jane Campion, widely regarded as one of the best female directors alive, takes the Western genre with its archetypical masculine cowboys, and spins it around in unexpected ways. You won’t see any shoot-outs in this movie. But there’s an almost horror-like tension that manages to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Though you might have seen this film pop up on Netflix, we highly recommend you watch it on our big screen. Otherwise, if you watch the film on your laptop, it’s easy to miss the subtle clues that Campion inserts hinting at the sick plot twist at the end. And what’s maybe even more important: the cinema will give you the best chance to emerge yourself in the beautiful vast landscapes in which the story is set.
- Jane Campion won Director of the Year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival of 2021. And the Silver Lion at the Venice Film festival for Best director.
- The film also won several awards for Cinematography and (adapted) screenplay and is a great favorite amongst critics.
- According to the Boston Online Film Critics Association the film deserves almost all of the important prizes including: Best Picture, Best Director (Jane Campion), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actor (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Best Supporting Actress (Kirsten Dunst), Best Screenplay (Jane Campion), Best Cinematography (Ari Wegner).
- Nothing short of Extraordinary. (*****) The Times.
- Here, coiled like a predator in wait, Cumberbatch is perhaps more fearsome than as his deep-voiced villains in “The Hobbit” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” He moves through the movie like an unsheathed knife, cutting anyone unlucky enough to get close Roger Ebert.
- A bold visual stylist, Campion introduces this world and its people with sweep and precision, with soaring eagle-eye aerial shots and her characteristic attention to voluptuary detail (and with New Zealand doubling for an unspoiled Montana). New York Times.
This film will be shown at Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos. Buying a ticket online in advance is mandatory if you want to attend this film. You can buy a ticket via the black “order” button on this page.
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Please be on time
The screening of the film starts at 19:30. Because of the CoronaCheck, the check-in at the door will require extra time. Therefore, we kindly ask you to be at the ticket counter when it opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the film. This is to ensure the film starts and ends on time.
To attend this film, you will need to show:
- A valid admission ticket.
- A COVID certificate (proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of recovery in the CoronaCheck app).
- Your ID.
- If you are a student, you also need to bring your student ID card.
The COVID certificate and the admission ticket will be checked upstairs at the entrance of the film hall.
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