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Plot: Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are ... Runtime: 89 mins Release Date: 27 Jan 2017
Insightful and fresh portrayal of oppression (by register-279)
The brash manner power is abused by those in control - the police raids, the deportations and work camps are obvious and understood by most, but even directors with first hand experience of dictatorships struggle to portray the true effect of oppressive regimes on everyday life. The White King managed to faithfully capture that sinister aspect; the slow yet terrifyingly unstoppable negativity that poisons every aspect of mundane life, the glacier-like pressure steadily suffocating intellect and depressing emotions for those living under a tyranny.The White King did not only get that <more>
foreboding - almost spiritual - darkness of everyday oppression right, but managed to capture the lights, sounds and general ambiance of life under a communist regime. It took me from watching a film to experiencing an engrossingly vivid daydream, a memory of my childhood as a Pioneer The Communist Party's child division , growing up on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain.I left the film profoundly touched, with old memories unexpectedly resurfacing, making me realise once again, just how relevant stories like Animal Farm, 1984 and The White King are to our life today, in the modern democracies of the West.A splendid film for intelligent audiences.
One of the best dystopian films I've seen (by frombeth)
I was fortunate enough to get to see a screening of The White King and can't say enough about it. And given the current political mood here in the U.S., it is particularly relevant. I've seen plenty of dystopian films in my time, but The White King was refreshing in that directors Alex Helfrecht & Jorg Tittle chose to go against the typical non-stop violent, action genre to tell their story. As a matter of fact, the cinematography by Rene Richter and production design by Richard Bullock were some of the most beautiful I've seen. Not to mention the haunting original score by <more>
Joanna Bruzdowicz. Helfrecht and Tittel cast the film with some of the best British actors today— Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw, Aggy Deyn and Greta Scacchi. 13 year old newcomer, Lorenzo Allchurch, given the task of carrying an entire film, skillfully rose to the occasion. I was actually moved to tears a few times throughout. I also appreciated the ending, which again, doesn't give into "what's expected." You can tell that the filmmakers had a vision and didn't compromise which is so refreshing. If you get the chance to see this film, I HIGHLY recommend you do.
A bleak outlook on what a near future dystopia might look like. (by annoythedonkey)
This movie is simply put amazing. In a near future dystopian society could look like. This movie has been put on my list of the movies to see in 2017. Independent cinema it it's best. Djata a 12 year old boy from a lower class family that are labeled as traitors after his father is put in prison. Djata caught in the middle between his mother and his grand parents on his fathers side he must try to find a way to see his father again.
The hopes and dreams of a young boy living under a totalitarian regime (by helenecacace)
The opening credits of The White King are some of the best I've ever seen. A brilliant animation hints at the world we're about to discover. Thankfully the film itself, does them total justice.It's 1984, it's Nazi Germany, it's north Korea. The society we enter is ruled by a brutal, fascist regime that tries to eke all joy from its people. What sets this film apart is the fact that it's seen through the eyes of a boy whose hope and humanity have not completely been shattered by those who dictate his future. Without revealing too much, the film explores the decisions he <more>
has to make and the relationships he keeps, when a close member of his family is accused of speaking out against the regime.It's an acting feast with a sterling debut from Lorenzo Allchurch who plays the main character alongside actors du jour Agnes Deyn and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, with film royalty Jonathan Pryce and Greta Scacci.The film is beautifully directed. Country landscapes are bathed in the dreamy sunlight of a late summer's afternoon, in total contrast with the dark, oppressive ways of the White King dictatorship.It's the future and it's also the present; scarily reminiscent of the current political climate. But not without total hope. Go and see it!
Topical Dystopian Adventure for the 21st Century (by david_pringle-941-360023)
My wife and I caught this indi dystopian adventure at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year and were glad that we did.There are some excellent performances from a cast featuring new faces and established veterans. Without wanting to give too much away, the story is about a boy trying to make his way in a brutal totalitarian state, the location of which is never specified. The directors strike a good balance between the hopelessness of the boy's situation and the touching wide-eyed optimism that he faces it withI particularly enjoyed the music in this film and would love to see the score <more>
appear on Spotify sometime.Some beautiful cinematography helps to make the film all the more watchableI really hope this makes it out to a wider audience as it could be set to be a cult classic!
Heart-felt film with a touching message (by lorharv)
Unlike most movies today which rely on explosions and gunfire to tell a narrative The White King sends a powerful message of hope and a warning for the future. I read Gyorgy Dragoman's book of the same name and loved it and this film is masterfully adapted to movie format, retaining the feel of adventure and yet the all-seeing presence of a dangerous dystopian state. It must be said, however, there are some moments when the film does not know what it wants to be, Sci-fi? Drama? But it is directed well enough that the movie moves briskly and is enjoyable. The cast all work well together on <more>
camera and all put in good performances. The chemistry of Deyn and the boy, Allchurch, was moving and carried the film beautifully. The visuals are amazing and Rene Richter captures the Hungarian landscapes beautifully. The CGI, used sparingly, is good especially in a scene where we look over some futuristic buildings. Some people may complain that we do not see enough of the brutal state but I believe that that is not the point of the film it is about the family and the glimpses of the regime we get are satisfying and remind you of the threat. The final scene is powerful and moving as we see that truly "the hardest thing to break is the human spirit".
Very well made but very unsatisfying (by thekarmicnomad)
This follows a family living in a totalitarian dystopia.This is a hard film for me to review.First off, its production is very good. The camera work and direction is great. The characters are very well constructed and the acting is absolutely top notch. The world is quickly and deftly painted using iconography and suggestion. The world is oppressive but not overly brutal making it feel more real and dangerous. I enjoyed every minute of the first hour greatly and was gripped to see what was going to happen.Here is the problem. Not much does happen. This film has plenty of story, but hardly any <more>
plot. Characters are introduced, and adversities befall our leads, but very little is resolved or explored. Any small victories the characters win aren't exploited.The only analogy I can think of is if you made a film about a waitress who works in a bar in Star Wars. Sure dancing girls are fed to monsters and Jedi come in - but at the end of the day you are still watching someone serve drinks.Maybe it is my personal taste, I thought I was more open minded than this, but it seems I do need a certain degree of resolution.I kept the mark high because of the quality of the film making - not sure if I would recommend it though.
The White King last night at Edinburgh's Film Festival offered its viewers a satisfyingly tense ride from its opening animated graphics to its tantalising ending. The film's subtle use of sometimes opposed and sometimes complimentary cinematic genres contributes to the viewers'engagement. The realism, fantasy, animation and science fiction combine forces to interrogate the choices made by young and old as they struggle or cave into the intransigent demands of a totalitarian state.An impressive all star cast for the Directors' first feature film includes Jonathan Pryce, Agyness <more>
Dean, Fiona Shaw, Olafur Darri Olafsson and Gretta Scacci and they offer a tremendous boost for the central performance for promising young actor Lorenzo Allchurch. Pryce used the Q&A session afterwards to highlight how the film'm themes resonate with the concerns of the Brexit debate, imploring the audience to vote 'Remain'!
I love dystopian films and therefore I really enjoy this film, yes as some critics mentioned there are a few set pieces / stories that aren't fully explained The robot or cave scene for example but the viewer needs to take this as a part of the overall world the film is set in. Why is the state depraving his citizen of wealth or technology? what happen to people that rebel, how to survive? what is freedom? all these questions are viewed from the young main protagonist that is delivering a really good performance. A film that makes you think is always a good thing, a film that <more>
doesn't have an happy ending is also always better...