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!