Brokeback Mountain

  • 130'
  • USA
  • 2005
Brokeback Mountain is set in Wyoming, where forty years ago cowboys and shepherds led the same life as the generations before them. Talkative Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the surly Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are two 'drop-out country boys with no prospects, brought up to hard work and privation, both rough-mannered, tough spoken', in the words of writer Annie Proulx, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her short story from 1997. Eight years later, Ang Lee was to win the Golden Lion in Venice with his film version, the co-writers of which included Larry 'Last Picture Show' McMurtry. Brokeback Mountain is above all a universal love story and only in the second place a 'gay Western'. Lee takes time with this drama, in which the isolation of the grand and lonely landscape of Brokeback Mountain, where the two kids spend a summer looking after sheep, has a liberating effect. There is room for feelings that would normally be suppressed by the ruling social order. But at the end of the season, the men go their separate ways, looking for work and a life. Both start families: one with his school sweetheart, the other with a Texan girl with business acumen. When Jack finally sends a card to say he is back in Wyoming, their tragic love story starts again - doomed to fleeting encounters during fishing trips in the wilderness. (GT)
Director
Ang Lee
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2005
Festival Edition
IFFR 2006
Length
130'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Focus Features, River Road Entertainment, James Schamus, Diana Ossana
Sales
Focus Features
Screenplay
Diana Ossana, Larry McMurtry, based on the short story by Annie Proulx
Cinematography
Rodrigo Prieto
Editor
Geraldine Peroni, Dylan Tichenor
Production Design
Laura Ballinger, Judy Becker
Sound Design
Annette Kudrak, Wyatt Sprague, Philip Stockton
Music
Gustavo Santaolalla
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams
Local Distributor
A-Film Distribution
Website
http://brokebackmountain.com