The Club by Chilean Filmmaker Pablo Larrain Puts Spotlight on Exiled Priests

FOUR PRIESTS ARE EXILED TO A SEASIDE TOWN TO ATONE FOR THE SINS OF THEIR PAST IN THE POWERFUL DRAMA FROM CHILEAN FILMMAKER PABLO LARRAÍN

The Club

 A 2016 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 

From acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Academy Award Nominee, No) comes the highly lauded film THE CLUB, a taut, blackly comic drama that revolves around a group of priests that are exiled to a small village to atone for the sins of their pasts. Directed and co-written by Larraín, THE CLUB functions as an insightful commentary on individual responsibility and organized religion, as well as an artfully relevant examination of what happens when those two combustible elements are combined.

In a secluded house in a small Chilean seaside town live four unrelated men—Vidal (Alfredo Castro), Ramirez (Alejandro Sieveking), Silva (Jamie Vadell), and Ortega (Alejandro Goic)—and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile by the Catholic Church to purge their past sins, the separation from their communities being the worst form of punishment meted out by the Church. The men keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings. Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican (Marcelo Alonso) who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, along with a former victim of the priests’ abuse (Roberto Farias). Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they had thought were deeply buried.

The Club by Pablo Larrain (Music Box Films)
The Club by Pablo Larrain (Music Box Films)

Where Spotlight, winner of the 2016 Best Picture Academy Award, follows the commendable efforts of the journalists in Boston who revealed the depth of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal, Larraín uses his unique perspective and cinematic style to delve directly into the psyches of the men committing unspeakable crimes under the Church’s umbrella. As Bilge Ebiri of New York Magazine said of THE CLUB, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, “For a brief, agonizing moment, you share the spiritual quicksand with these disgraced men.”

Following the film’s recent extended theatrical rollout to the U.S.’s top markets and international theatrical and film festival circuit, Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release THE CLUB on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time on May 3, 2016. Supplemented with such bonus materials as an interview with director Pablo Larraín and a booklet filled with artwork and essays, the Blu-ray and DVD of THE CLUB carry a suggested retail prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.

Chile’s official selection for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, THE CLUB won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Screened as a Special Presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, THE CLUB also won Best Film at Austin’s 2015 Fantastic Fest and the prize for Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Screenplay at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival. The film went on to win other notable prizes at the Lima Latin American Film Festival, the Mar del Plata Film Festival, the Fenix Film Awards and the Online Film Critics Awards, where it picked up the trophy for Best Non-U.S. Release.

“[THE CLUB] is a surprising and often thought-provoking effort from a filmmaker who has never chosen to take the simple path,” lauds Jordan Mintzer of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. [It confirms] Pablo Larrain as one of the more genuine talents working in cinema today.”

More information on THE CLUB can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at http://www.musicboxfilms.com/theclub

 

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