23rd ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

AIFF.GR

You Were Never Really Here

28/9/2017, 20:00, Ideal

An introverted veteran marine takes on the task of rescuing the underage daughter of a senator only to find himself involved in a lethal network of political corruption. One of the most significant female directors of contemporary cinema, Lynne Ramsay, offers up a bloody thriller about an unredeemable exterminating angel, bringing to mind glorious films of the 70s such as Scorsese' s “Taxi Driver” and Paul Schrader's “Hardcore”. The film won the award for best Screenplay and Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for the minimalistic yet explosive performance by Joaquin Phoenix.
Director in attendance

You Were Never Really Ηere

A marine veteran, antisocial and psychologically challenged, saves trafficked girls and returns them to their families – but he does so for money. The seemingly simple job of finding the underage daughter of a New York senator leads him to a deadly net of corruption reaching high political ranks.

Eighteen years after her wonderful debut (“Ratcatcher”), Ramsay shows that she is rightfully considered one of the most significant female voices in modern cinema. For the first time in her filmography she follows a male character to his bloody crusade for some kind of redemption. The film won screenplay and best actor award at Cannes Film Festival. An impressive Joaquin Phoenix plays in a minimalistic, physical manner the exterminating angel who finds himself plunged into the abyss of a pessimistic, nightmarish reality.

Director: Lynne Ramsay
Screenwriters: Lynne Ramsay
DoP: Thomas Townend
Music: Jonny Greenwood
Editor: Joe Bini
Principal Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman, Judith Roberts

UK | 2017 | Color | DCP | 95' | English