The FNC welcomes Jane Campion to Montreal with her latest work, THE POWER OF THE DOG


Montreal, September 7, 2021 – The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) and MAX Films are pleased to announce that New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion will be in Montreal to present her latest film, THE POWER OF THE DOG, at the 50th anniversary of the festival, which runs from October 6 to 17. The acclaimed filmmaker, whose 1993 film The Piano made her the first woman director to receive the Palme d’or, will also give an exclusive master class on October 7 at the Cinéma Impérial. The FNC will be awarding Campion a Louve d’honneur in recognition of her incredible body of work.

After its world premiere at Venice, THE POWER OF THE DOG comes to Montreal for an exclusive preview on October 7 in partnership with Netflix. Co-produced by Roger Frappier for MAX Films, this frontier Western adapted from Thomas Savage’s cult novel of the same name stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides.

The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, reveling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her.

As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace

A See-Saw Films, Bad Girl Creek and Max Films production in association with Brightstar, The New Zealand Film Commission, Cross City Films and BBC Film, THE POWER OF THE DOG is produced by Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier. The film will be released in theaters in Canada before being released worldwide on Netflix on December 1, 2021.


 More information:

Media contacts:

For the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) :

Mélanie Mingotaud
[email protected]

Lorenzo Feldhandler
[email protected]

For MAX Films and Jane Campion :
Judith Dubeau
[email protected]

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