For his first English-language film, Pablo Larraín – who has established himself as the chronicler of Chile’s Pinochet era – takes on the murder of John F. Kennedy. But as seen from the perspective of his wife Jackie (the much-lauded Natalie Portman, who is almost constantly on screen). In a frame narrative, she talks as a widow to a journalist from Life magazine (Billy Crudup), while we see her husband’s murder in flashbacks, as well as the vehement discussions the First Lady conducts about this with officials and the succour she receives from John’s brother Bobby (Peter Sarsgaard), her PA (Greta Gerwig) and a priest (John Hurt).
As in No (2012), Larraín integrates archive footage into his film – for example, we see Portman walking around in the famous television broadcast A Tour of the White House. In the meantime, the screenplay by Noah Oppenheim (award-winner at the Venice film festival) creates an intimate, complex impression of fashion icon Jackie, who – insecure and headstrong, spoiled and servile, vulnerable and strong – always has JFK’s place in history in mind.

With a special screening on Fri 27 Jan at 15:45. Preceded by a video essay by Kevin B. Lee and followed by a conversation with film journalists Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen. 

Filmmaker
Pablo Larraín
Country
USA
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
91’
Language
English
Producer
Juan de Dios Larraín, Darren Aronofsky, Mickey Liddell, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel
Production Company
Jackie Productions
Sales
IMR
Writer
Noah Oppenheim
Cinematography
Stéphane Fontaine
Editor
Sebastián Sepúlveda
Production Design
Jean Rabasse
Sound Design
David Miranda
Music
Mica Levi
Cast
Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt, Carroll Lynch