Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” will make its World Premiere on the
Opening Night of the 59th New York Film Festival on 24th September 2021.
A work of stark chiaroscuro and incantatory rage, Joel Coen’s boldly
inventive visualisation of The Scottish Play is an anguished film that
stares, mouth agape, at a sorrowful world undone by blind greed and
thoughtless ambition. In meticulously world-weary performances, a
strikingly inward Denzel Washington is the man who would be king, and an
effortlessly Machiavellian Frances McDormand is his Lady, a couple driven
to political assassination—and deranged by guilt—after the cunning
prognostications of a trio of “weird sisters” (a virtuoso physical
inhabitation by Kathryn Hunter). Though it echoes the forbidding visual
designs—and aspect ratios—of Laurence Olivier’s classic 1940s Shakespeare
adaptations, as well as the bloody medieval madness of Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, Coen’s tale of sound and fury is entirely his
own—and undoubtedly one for our moment, a frightening depiction of amoral
political power-grabbing that, like its hero, ruthlessly barrels ahead into
the inferno. An Apple/A24 release.