Vox Lux

Brady Corbet

IFFR 2019

Limelight

  • 112'
  • USA
  • 2018

The sumptuous, satirical Vox Lux follows young Celeste as her life changes radically following a violent incident at school. Although she suffers physically and emotionally, this is also an opportunity. The song she writes inspired by the shooting becomes a hit – the start of a successful singing career. 

Vox Lux is not just about Celeste (played by both Raffey Cassidy and Natalie Portman), but also about the radical, violent changes in American society, with Columbine and 9/11 as the low points. Influenced by fear and fame, Celeste becomes a cynical superstar. Director Brady Corbet uses Willem Dafoe’s voice-over and Sia’s music to critically analyse Western culture, in which emotions and talent have been replaced by ostentation and empty success.

As part of Critics’ Choice, the screening of Mon 24 Jan, 16:30 will be preceded by a video essay by Catherine Grant.

Director
Brady Corbet
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
112'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Andrew Lauren, D.J. Gugenheim, Gary Michael Walters, Michel Litvak, Svetlana Metkina, Brian Young, Robert Salerno
Production Companies
Killer Films, Andrew Lauren Productions, Bold Films
Sales
Sierra / Affinity
Screenplay
Brady Corbet
Cinematography
Lol Crawley
Editor
Matthew Hannam
Production Design
Sam Lisenco
Sound Design
Damian Canelos
Music
Sia, Scott Walker
Cast
Natalie Portman, Jude Law, voice of Willem Dafoe, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, Jennifer Ehle, Maria Dizzia
Local Distributor
The Searchers
Website
https://www.voxluxmovie.com/