Angelo

Directed by Markus Schleinzer
2018
Austria, Luxembourg
110 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Austrian director Markus Schleinzer’s visually stunning, scathing drama tells the life story of an 18th century African man kept in a gilded cage by European nobility.

Longtime Michael Haneke collaborator Schleinzer's second feature is loosely based on a tragic and disturbing true story. Brought to Europe in captivity as a boy, Angelo Soliman (wonderfully portrayed by Makita Samba) is raised by a seemingly kind noblewoman and accepted in Viennese high society thanks to his education and his musical and dramatic talent. But Angelo will always be at best a curiosity in this brutally racist world. Presented as a series of highly formalistic vignettes with fabulous costumes and production design, the film's placid detachment and arch irony – highlighting the absurdity of aristocratic life – are an eerie contrast to the story's howl of rage at the dehumanisation of racism and colonialism.

'Angelo' is a mesmerising portrait of a man of quiet dignity whose very humanity is denied by those around him.
Wendy Ide, Screen International
The life story of African slave integrated into 18th-century Viennese aristocracy, Markus Schleinzer's second feature is formally stunning and politically seething.
Guy Lodge, Variety

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Wed 5 June
6:15pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
Fri 7 June
3:45pm
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
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Features
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Austria, Luxembourg
Language
In French and German with English subtitles
Director
Markus Schleinzer
Producer
Alexander Glehr, Franz Novotny, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Markus Schleinzer
Cast
Alba Rohrwacher, Makita Samba, Larisa Faber
Screenwriter
Markus Schleinzer, Alexander Brom
Cinematographer
Gerald Kerkletz
Editor
Pia Dumont
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Africa, Cinephile, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
World Sales: Playtime
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