FILMS WE LIKE PRESENTS... Pablo Larraín’s THE CLUB
Starring Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías Antonia Zegers
Winner Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize - Berlin Film Festival
“…crucial, thrilling and disturbing." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out London
"I’ve always been disturbed by the fates of those priests who have been removed from their
positions by the church itself, under completely secretive circumstances. This film is about those exiled priests, and for that reason, this film is the lost priests’ club." - Pablo Larraín, director The Club
Opens in Toronto February 19, 2016 at TIFF Bell Lightbox
THE CLUB is acclaimed director Pablo Larraín’s taut, blackly comic commentary on individual responsibility, organized religion and the combustible combination of the two.
In this incendiary drama, four disgraced priests have their cozy exile disturbed when scandal arrives on their doorstep. In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts, the separation from their communities the worst form of punishment by the Church. They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings.
Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, and a newly-disgraced housemate. Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they had thought deeply buried.
To coincide with the release of The Club, TIFF Cinematheque presents Post Mortem: Pablo Larraín’s Chile Trilogy, chronicling the inception, rise, and demise of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in the director’s home country with screenings of Tony Manero (2009), the Toronto premiere of Post Mortem (2010), and the Academy Award-nominated No (2013), from February 19 to 23.
Pablo Larraín, Director
Born in Santiago, Chile, Pablo Larraín is a founding partner of Fabula, a production company dedicated to film, television, advertising and production services. In 2005, he directed his first feature-length film, Fuga, followed by Tony Manero, which premiered at Directors’ Fortnight at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Post Mortem premiered in Official Competition at the Venice Film Festival in September of 2010, the same year he directed Profugos, HBO’s first ever series produced in Chile. No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Club is Larraín’s fifth feature-length film.
Running time: 97 minutes
A production of: Chile
Spanish with English subtitles
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