THE LOST CITY OF Z (15)


THE LOST CITY OF Z (15)

Run time: 140 MINS

Director: James Gray

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Angus Macfadyen, Tom Holland, Ian McDiarmid, Harry Melling, Franco Nero

Synopsis: At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which views indigenous populations as savages, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide-de-camp, returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case.

Director James Gray [The Immigrant (2013), Two Lovers (2008), We Own the Night (2007), Little Odessa (1994)] has adapted David Grann’s 2009 non-fiction bestseller into an epic tale of courage and passion filmed in his classic filmmaking manner with cinematography from Darius Khondji of spectacular Colombian locations.

Charlie Hunnam [Sons of Anarchy (TV series, 2008-2014), Children of Men (2008), Cold Mountain (2003)] plays legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett in this semi-biography of his life and adventures in unchartered Amazonian territories

Major Percy Fawcett was an undecorated, middle-ranking army officer who wanted to restore his family name from previous domestic scandals. When approached by The Royal Geographical Society to take a voyage to the Bolivian jungle to map out its borders with Brazil, Fawcett accepts with alacrity as an opportunity to prove himself to his superiors. Despite the dangers he encounters, he soon falls deeply in love with the Amazon and its people.

He discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which viewed indigenous populations as ‘savages’. The determined Fawcett supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson), returned time and again to his beloved jungle to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

With nods to Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo (1982), Aguirre – Wrath of God (1972) and in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), The Lost City of Z is a cerebral, beautiful, linear, re-telling of Fawcett’s obsessive quest to find his city which prompts reflection about the central enigma of his psychological makeup and his neglect of family for ”his reach to extend his grasp” to the extent that it did.

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