The Power of the Dog: the Jane Campion film with Benedict Cumberbatch
The highly anticipated title of Venice 78 is The Power of the Dog, a film adaptation of the 1967 novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, directed by Jane Campion. Netflix has released the trailer for The Power of the Dog, the new original film of the platform, whose cast is composed of Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Jane Campion’s first film project since Bright Star, 2009; meanwhile, the New Zealand director – former Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival for Piano Lessons – directed the acclaimed series Top of the Lake.
Dog Power: Jane Campion’s Benedict Cumberbatch movie coming to Netflix
This is the official synopsis:
Charismatic breeder Phil Burbank inspires fear and respect for the people around him. When her brother brings her new wife and child to live on the family ranch, Phil torments them until he is vulnerable to the possibility of falling in love with her.
This is Jane Campion’s statement on the film:
Being fascinated by Thomas Savage’s extraordinary novel was pure joy, but I had never thought of making a film of it, given the many male characters, and deeply male themes. Instead, I wondered which director the author, with his ambiguous masculinity, would have wanted, and little by little I had the feeling that he was putting his arm on my shoulder, saying to me: “A madwoman who has come to love this story? Yes, it’s perfect “. I put my all into Savage’s great tale, I was won over by it. In Phil I felt the lover, and the tremendous loneliness of him. I felt the importance and strength of each individual protagonist, and the way each one reveals itself in the end. I am honored to share this film with real viewers, in a real cinema.
The film directed by Jane Campion will be presented in competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival and will arrive on Netflix on December 1st.