ASPEN FILM AND ASPENOUT PARTNER TO SCREEN JANE CAMPION’S THE POWER OF THE DOG
November 4, 2021
Aspen, CO (November 4, 2021): Aspen Film is pleased to partner with AspenOUT to present a screening of Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG on Sunday, November 14 at 5 PM at Metropolitan’s Isis Theatre. The film premiered at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival and then went on to play the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Director, Jane Campion, is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time and THE POWER OF THE DOG marks her return to feature films after the success of 2009’s Bright Star. Campion was the first female director to win the Palme D’Or Award for Best Film (for The Piano) at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, is one of only seven women ever to be nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Director and won the Oscar® for best original screenplay for The Piano.
About THE POWER OF THE DOG:
Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides.
The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, reviling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter — all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her.
As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form — he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?
WHAT: THE POWER OF THE DOG
WHEN: Sunday, November 14 at 5 PM
WHERE: Isis Theatre | 406 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen
TICKETS: $20 for general public, $15 for Aspen Film members
ABOUT ASPEN FILM:
Established in 1979, Aspen Film is one of Colorado’s most active film arts organizations, presenting dynamic programs and featured guest artists throughout the year. Internationally recognized, Aspen Film organizes a major film event in every season, along with an extensive education program: Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings, Aspen Shortsfest and FilmEducates. With a mission to enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain through film, Aspen Film stimulates thought, encourages dialogue and broadens understanding of our world and selves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide. To learn more, visit aspenfilm.org.
AspenOUT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that promotes tolerance, understanding, and diversity through local and national programming, fundraising, and grants for the LGBTQ+ community, their families, and allies, with a focus on youth, education, and community action. To learn more, visit aspenout.org.