Sunday, April 14, 2024

Netflix Takes Centerpiece at New York Film Festival with Bendedict Cumberbatch Causing Trouble for Kirsten Dunst in “Power of the Dog”


Netflix has grabbed the centerpiece spot at the New York Film Festival.

They’re coming in with Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” starring real life couple Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Based on a cult 1967 novel set in 1920s Montana, “Dog” sounds a lot like “Days of Heaven.” Dunst and Plemons are a young, naive couple out on the Plains. Cumberbatch plays his erratic and edgy brother who you know is going to cause a lot of trouble for these nice people.

But Jane Campion is a genius, so “Dog” will have its own “Power” and won’t be barking up the wrong tree. It debuts first at the Venice Film Festival, where it will be hailed as a landmark film. All the Oscar prognosticators will lose their minds and put it at the top of their lists. Do I sound cynical? I’ve been here before.

Campion says: “I am very honored that The Power of the Dog has been selected as the Centerpiece Gala at this year’s New York Film Festival. Public screenings we long took for granted feel exceptional now, so it is going to be a very emotional and joyous experience for me and my team to be there and present the film to such a film-celebrating audience.”

The NY Film Festival is opening with A24’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” from Joel Coen, and I know they’ve got “The French Dispatch.” It’s going to be a solid and exciting festival, and some of it will be in person! At Alice Tully Hall! Worth the ticket!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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