The Green Knight
Classics 130' - 2021 - Fantasy, Drama, Adventure - Dialogue: English
Director: David Lowery Composer: Daniel Hart With: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan
"Green is what is left when ardor fades, when passion dies, when we die, too", the inexperienced knight Gawain learns during his quest for eternal glory in the imaginative The Green Knight. An Arthurian legend viewed differently, as visually as overwhelming as it is wonderfully sobering.
The Green Knight is a unique retelling of the fourteenth-century Arthurian legend about Lord Gawain and his confrontation with the Green Knight. Still green behind the ears himself, Gawain wants to prove himself at all costs as King Arthur's noble cousin and Knight of the Round Table. The journey he undertakes leads him to distant and strange lands. It becomes a quest to find himself, full of folklore and symbolism, carried by the fearless performance of Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire). In this intimate epic, director-screenwriter David Lowery makes incisive comments on medieval myths and chivalric romance, which he reconciles with recurring themes such as mortality and, in light of this, the meaning of a human life. His regular composer Daniel Hart equally interweaves classical and modern musical elements in one of the most memorable scores of that year.
"It’s the movie Lowery was born to make, a dreamy piece of high fantasy that bombards the viewer with visual delights, skimps on all but the most essential dialogue, and turns an age-old tale into something to be puzzled over anew." - The Atlantic
David Lowery and Daniel Hart will tell you exactly how film and music are so intrinsically intertwined in their projects, in their Creative Partnership talk on Friday 21 October during the WSA Film Music Days.
Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan
Director of Photography
Andrew Droz Palermo
David Lowery, Tim Headington, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Theresa Steele Page
Countries of production
Canada, United States of America, Ireland
Screenplay based on
a poem by "The Gawain Poet"
Lullaby (short, 2000), Still (short, 2003), Deadroom (2005), Some analog lines (short, 2006), The Outlaw Son (short, 2007), A Catalog of Anticipations (short, 2008), St. Nick (2009), Boycrazy Promo (short, 2009) Boycrazy in Bed (short, 2009), Boycrazy Gets a Job (short, 2009), Boycrazy Bikini Mishap (short, 2009), Boycrazy at the Drug Store (short, 2009), Pioneer (short, 2011), My Daily Routine (short, 2012), Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Until We Could (short, 2014), Pete's Dragon (2016), A Ghost Story (2017), The Old Man & The Gun (2018), The Green Knight (2021)