Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment of the era, who regarded indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett–supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson)–returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
The film features spectacular anamorphic coverage from one of the world’s finest directors of photography, former Academy Award® nominee Darius Khondji, whose work on films such as Evita, Se7en, Amour, Delicatessen and Midnight in Paris has garnered him considerable critical acclaim. Likewise auteur James Gray (The Immigrant) is at the top of his game in bringing this ambitious and lush literary adaptation to the big screen with a throwback style that calls to mind the best of the Merchant/Ivory oeuvre. Interestingly the film is one of three offerings in this year’s festival to prominently feature a protagonist at odds with a seemingly sentient forest, along with John Boorman’s 70mm epic from 1985 The Emerald Forest and João Pedro Rodrigues’ trippy competition entry The Ornithologist—a triple feature surely not for the agoraphobic or the faint of heart! An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.
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