Whatever your thoughts on Roman Polanski, you cannot deny the fact he is a master filmmaker and, a bit of a genius when it comes to crafting stories and atmosphere. Responsible for some of the most frightening (Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion, The Tennant, The Ninth Gate) and brilliant (Chinatown, Frantic, The Pianist) films for decades its always nice to see him return to movies. 2010’s The Ghost was a terrific political thriller and it still felt that Polanski had lost none of his brilliance there. And now he is back, with God of Carnage.
Always able to get himself a top notch cast, this time round he has Jodie Foster, John C Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz, impressive names indeed. The story though is a bit different, here Polanski is mixing heavy drama with humour in a film about two families who come together after their sons are involved in a fight at school. The film will premier at the Venice Film Festival on the 9th September, and on 30th September it will play at the New York film festival. A release date schedule for general release looks set for November, although the UK has no dates as yet. The images follow this synopsis:
A showdown between two kids: about eleven, in a local playground. Swollen lips, broken teeth… Now the parents of the “victim” have invited the parents of the “bully” to their apartment to sort if out. Cordial banter gradually develops a razor-sharp edge as all four parents reveal their laughable contradictions and grotesque prejudices. None of them will escape the ensuing carnage.
By Matt Wavish