Almayer's Folly

Directed by Chantal Akerman

127 minutes / Color
English; French / English subtitles
Release: 2016
Copyright: 2011

Somewhere in Southeast Asia, in a little lost village on a wide and turbulent river, a European man clings to his pipe dreams out of love for his daughter. A story of passion, loss and madness.

Adapted from the novel by Joseph Conrad.

"One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films."Village Voice

"Akerman's formal control is, as always, astounding."Time Out

"Akerman's control of the expressive elements, particularly the performances, which are at once subdued and theatrical, and the choreography of the long takes, in which actors move through the encroaching jungle, are exceptional."Artforum

"Fervently passionate and formally meticulous, the latest stunning coup for a director who's made a career of repurposing archetypal storylines."Slant Magazine

"Thrilling... ALMAYER'S FOLLY is lush and dreamy (if not quite dreamlike), but it never feels unanchored or given to pointless meandering."L.A. Weekly

"A work of engulfing jungles and rivers, vehement and incantatory speeches, and piercing female gazes in front of and behind the camera."The House Next Door

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  • 2011 Biennale di Venezia
  • 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2011 BFI London Film Festival
  • 2011 Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival
  • 2011 Busan International Film Festival
  • 2011 Festival do Rio
  • 2011 AFI FEST
  • 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival
  • 2012 Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • 2012 Anthology Film Archives
  • 2012 CPH:PIX


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