ACMI and Netflix present
Ari Wegner Selects: The Power of the Dog
with an introduction by Ari Wegner
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Western hero-worship gives way to misogynistic manoeuvres and a crisis of masculinity in Jane Campion's highly awarded period drama.
As a reminder of Campion's mastery of craft, The Power of the Dog is second to none; there is no one better at linking landscape and mood and performance at the most intuitive level.
In 1920s Montana, the Burbank brothers (Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons) run their cattle ranch as isolated bachelors. When the mild-mannered George quickly and quietly marries widowed restauranteur Rose (Kirsten Dunst), alpha-sibling Phil's ire is no-so-quietly raised, and he soon unleashes a campaign of small tortures against his new sister-in-law and her son, Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee).
After a twelve-year break from cinema screens (during which she made the acclaimed Top of the Lake), The Power of the Dog marks Jane Campion's highly anticipated return to the big screen. Set In Montana but filmed in New Zealand's Central Otago region, the film was the second time cinematographer Ari Wegner shoot in Otago, after Dustin Feneley's Stray (2018).
After premiering at the 78th Venice International Film Festival where it won the Silver Lion for Best Direction, The Power of the Dog has won many accolades including the Academy Award for Best Director, and several nominations for Wegner’s cinematography.