September 18, 2021


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‘The Power of the Dog’ titled BFI London Film Festival Gala

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Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” will be the title of the 35th BFI London Film Festival Gallery this October.

The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Kirsten Dunst (“Spider-Man”) and Jesse Plemon (“The Irishman”). Cody Smith-McPhee (“Let Me In”) also starred.

Campion, an Academy Award and Palm d’Or winner, will take part in the event – which also serves as the UK premiere of the film – with key actors. She last appeared in the festival in 2003 with “In the Cut” starring Meg Ryan.

The 2021 event will be held on October 11. If the Royal Festival at the Southbank Center

“The Power of the Dog” is based on a 1967 novel by Thomas Savage and features Cumberbatch in the role of a farm owner, whose brother (Plemons) unexpectedly marries a young widow (Dunst).

“I’m thrilled to be able to share‘ The Power of the Dog ’on LFF,” Campion said. “It will be a matter of pride for me to be there with so many British team members, including the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch who is the broken heart and dark soul of this story.”

“Jane Campion is one of the best filmmakers in the world,” said Tricia Tuttle, director of the BFI London Film Festival. “An artist with the ability to walk under your skin, lets you see things in people and situations that you would otherwise miss. And this is true of dog power. It’s a subtle new work that, with many subtlely expressed surprises, is not at least a delicious dark performance by Benedict Cumberbatch. Campion is delighted to be back in LFF with our American Express Gala. ”

“The Power of the Dog” is a production of C-S Films, Bad Girl Creek and Max Films in collaboration with Brightstar, The New Zealand Film Commission, Cross City Films and BBC Film.

The film, which will air on Netflix after its release in the UK later this year, is produced by Jane Campion, Tania Segachian, Emil Sherman, Ian Canning and Roger Frapier.

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