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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:113 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Justin Kurzel
Producer:Iain Canning
Emile Sherman
Laura Hastings-Smith
Screenwriter:Todd Louiso
Jacob Koskoff
Michael Lesslie
Cinematographer:Adam Arkapaw
Editor:Chris Dickens
Cast:Michael Fassbender
Marion Cotillard
Print Source:The Weinstein Company
Note Writer:Zoë Elton


Michael Fassbender as Macbeth is an unstoppable force of nature; ferocious and ambitious, aided and abetted by his wifethe charismatic Marion Cotillard, whose Lady Macbeth is both powerful and intriguingly nuanced. A prologue with the Macbeths at the funeral of their child humanizes and contextualizes the emotional subtext of the couple. Soon after, we are on the battlefield, medieval broadswords slashing and clanging, silhouettes against a dark sky, the air punctured with fiery sparks. Director Jason Kurzel creates an atmosphere of high drama and underlying violence and treachery that never lets up; throughout, a dynamic score pushes the drama and emotion of the tale. Visually breathtaking, this confident, dynamic rendition of the Scottish play doffs its cap to the Game of Thrones generation as it evokes the essence of a medieval, almost supernatural Scotland racked by class strife, infighting, and superstition, yet tempered by an underscoring of occasional poignance that disarms and surprises.

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Justin Kurzel’s background as one of Australia’s best theatrical designers informs his strong visual storytelling as a director. His VCA graduating short, Blue Tongue, was screened in over 13 international films festivals including International Critic’s Week at Cannes and the New York Film Festival, and won Best Short at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Kurzel’s first feature film, Snowtown, premiered at the 2011 Adelaide Film Festival, winning the Audience Award. Justin was awarded Best Director at the AACTA Awards.  Kurzel also directs commercials and music videos. The Earth Hour campaign won a Titanium award at Cannes Lions in 2007, and his British Council spot won bronze the same year. His music video for The Mess Hall single Pulse won Best Music Clip and Audience Award at St Kilda Film Festival and Keep Walking for the same band won Best Music Clip of the Year in the Sydney Morning Herald. He is currently in pre-production on Assassins Creed, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.