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Manderlay (2005)

Manderlay
Running time: 139 min. | Genre: Drama, Sequel, 1930s, Slavery, Rural life (North America)
Manderlay

Synopsis

This is the strange, disturbing story of the Manderlay plantation. Manderlay lay on a lonely plain somewhere in the deep south of the USA. It was in the year of 1933 that Grace and her father had left the township of Dogville behind them. Grace's father and his army of villains had spent the entire winter seeking out new hunting grounds in vain, and now they were heading south in one last attempt to find a favourable location in which to take up residence. By chance their cars stop in the state of Alabama in front of a large iron gate bearing a thick chain and a padlock. Beside the gate, a dead oak tree towers over a heavy boulder with Manderlay hewn in monumental letters into the granite. Just as Grace, her father and his men are about to leave after a short break and a quick lunch, a young black woman runs up to the car. She knocks on Grace's window. She hammers at the glass in despair. Ignoring her father's advice to leave others to their own affairs, Grace follows the girl through the gates of Manderlay and there, she finds a group of people living as if slavery had not been abolished seventy years earlier, with white masters and black slaves...
Grace believes that she has a duty to make it up to the slaves for injustices they have suffered at the hands of her kind: 'we brought them here, we abused them and made them what they are', as she argues to her father; and she decides that having liberated Manderlay, she will remain at the plantation until she has seen them through their first harvest. Her father grudgingly leaves her with four henchmen and a lawyer, warning Grace that he won't be there to pick up the pieces when her plans for the resurrection of Manderlay fall apart...

Nominations & Awards

Cannes Film Festival

Golden Palm - Best Film
NOMINATED

European Film Awards

Best European Cinematographer
NOMINATED
Best European Music
NOMINATED

Details

Original title

Manderlay

Director

Lars von Trier

Producer

Zentropa

Running time

139 min.

Screenwriter

Lars von Trier

Music

Joachim Holbek

Cinematography

Anthony Dod Mantle

Year

2005

Country

Denmark Denmark

Ranking

IMDb
7.4
Metacritic
4.6

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