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The White King (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 5 December 2017 (USA)
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Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are ... See full summary »


György Dragomán (novel), Alex Helfrecht (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
10 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Jonathan Pryce ... Colonel Fitz
Fiona Shaw ... Kathrin Fitz
Olivia Williams ... Sophia (voice)
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Pickaxe
Greta Scacchi ... General Meade
Agyness Deyn ... Hannah
Clare-Hope Ashitey ... Gaby
Ross Partridge ... Peter
Derek de Lint ... Silver Hair
Matthew Postlethwaite ... Remus Frunza
Declan Hannigan ... Young Soldier
Björn Freiberg ... Security Guard
Jeffrey Postlethwaite Jeffrey Postlethwaite ... Romulus Frunza
Lorenzo Allchurch ... Djata
Louis Suc ... Bruno


Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are labeled traitors, the boy will not rest until he sees his father again. Written by Oiffy

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Greta Scacchi and Olivia Williams previously worked together on Miss Austen Regrets (2007). See more »

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The hopes and dreams of a young boy living under a totalitarian regime
18 August 2016 | by helenecacaceSee all my reviews

The opening credits of The White King are some of the best I've ever seen. A brilliant animation hints at the world we're about to discover. Thankfully the film itself, does them total justice.

It's 1984, it's Nazi Germany, it's north Korea. The society we enter is ruled by a brutal, fascist regime that tries to eke all joy from its people. What sets this film apart is the fact that it's seen through the eyes of a boy whose hope and humanity have not completely been shattered by those who dictate his future. Without revealing too much, the film explores the decisions he has to make and the relationships he keeps, when a close member of his family is accused of speaking out against the regime.

It's an acting feast with a sterling debut from Lorenzo Allchurch who plays the main character alongside actors du jour Agnes Deyn and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, with film royalty Jonathan Pryce and Greta Scacci.

The film is beautifully directed. Country landscapes are bathed in the dreamy sunlight of a late summer's afternoon, in total contrast with the dark, oppressive ways of the White King dictatorship.

It's the future and it's also the present; scarily reminiscent of the current political climate. But not without total hope. Go and see it!

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