Guadagnino The Protagonists
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The Protagonists


Running Time
88mins
Certificate
15
Release Date
1999
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The intensely talented, Oscar®-wining indie queen Tilda Swinton leads the investigation of a murder beyond comprehension which is turned into stream-of-consciousness filmmaking by the innovative director of I AM LOVE, Luca Guadagnino.

Luca Guadagnino’s The Protagonists

“Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino: a match made in arthouse cinema heaven”
THE GUARDIAN

Before making the international art-house hit Suspiria, A BIGGER SPLASH and I AM LOVE, Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino first gelled when the maverick actress guided her filmmaker friend and crew in the investigation of the – unfortunately true – story of a horrific,senseless murder. Two teenagers ventured down from Oxford into London on a bloodlust impulse: believing their psychopathic delusion that this was some special-forces type challenge, the cowardly pair mercilessly murdered an innocent passing motorist.

The pair, Swinton-Guadagnino, (whose muse-director affinity is likened to hers and Derek Jarman’s) examine every physical and mental aspect of the crime, in an effort to understand both the intimate relationship between this out-of-the-ordinary act of violence and real life and also the way crime can affect the lives of any one of us; they present the viewer with – in the filmmaker’s words: “a nonliteral language of light, of space and time and behaviour. The language of the unexpected’’.

THE PROTAGONISTS review from Adrian Wootton, Director London Film Festival
(and Director of the crime and mystery film festival, Crime Scene).

“In 1994, two public schoolboys carried out the brutal and motiveless murder of a waiter in London. The Protagonists is an original attempt to tell the story of this crime and depict the characters of those involved …the film attempts to break the boundaries of conventional drama and documentary filmmaking. With Tilda Swinton as the on-screen narrator, The Protagonists has dramatic reconstructions of the murder, interviews with the police and the victim’s family and friends, dramatised episodes from the murderers’ and the victims’ past lives. In places, The Protagonists is disturbing and difficult to watch; in others it has an impressive honesty and imagination … its bravery and imagination are laudable and it deserves to be seen”. 

 

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