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Berlinale Special

The Two Faces of January

Die zwei Gesichter des Januars

Marcel Zyskind (Cinematographer), Viggo Mortensen (Actor), Daisy Bevan (Actress), Hossein Amini (Director, Screenwriter), Jenni Zylka (Moderation)

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Athens, 1962. When American tour guide and harmless con artist Rydal first catches sight of Colette, she is strolling alongside a wealthy older businessman at the Acropolis. A short while later he meets her. Colette and her husband Chester MacFarland invite him for a meal during which the young man is entranced by the couple’s fine manners.
An accident at the hotel puts all three in danger. As they escape together across the Greek islands and villages, the couple come to depend on Rydal who speaks fluent Greek and knows people who can help them. Noticing Rydal’s attraction to his wife, Chester MacFarland would much rather be alone with Colette. Before long, MacFarland drops the mask of the fine gentleman and shows his true colours.
In this story the figure of Colette is both Greek goddess and femme fatale – just like one of Alfred Hitchcock’s muses. Indeed, director Hossein Amini, who wrote the screenplay for Drive, revisits Hitchcock’s style for this Patricia Highsmith adaptation. Accompanied by Alberto Iglesias’ brilliant score, the trio of Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst chase each other across the shimmering Greek landscape of the sixties.

United Kingdom / USA / France 2013, 96 min

by

Hossein Amini

with

Viggo Mortensen
Kirsten Dunst
Oscar Isaac
David Warshofsky
Daisy Bevan
Aleifer Prometheus

World Sales

StudioCanal