This powerful portrait of one woman’s struggle traces the life of New Zealand’s most distinguished author, Janet Frame. The film follows her journey from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, international literary fame.
In her breakthrough feature, New Zealand’s Jane Campion brings to the screen a Künstlerroman in tribute to her much-overlooked compatriot, writer Janet Frame: a woman who’s unexpected win of a literary prize in 1951 saved her from a lobotomy. A film tripartite in structure, and immaculately told.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria