Majewski’s latest film The Valley of the Gods and its all-star cast to premiere at Gdynia film festival
The latest star-studded film from acclaimed director Lech Majewski, The Valley of the Gods, is to premiere at the Gdynia Film Festival.
With a cast including John Malkovich, Josh Hartnett, John Rhys-Davies, Keir Dullea, Bond girl Berenice Marlohe and Polish actors Lech Dyblik and Marek Probosz, the film which has been billed as a “fairy-tale for adults’ promises to take the viewers on a journey between three interweaving stories, creating a peculiar and mysterious vision of America.
The root of the story is a Navajo Indian legend about deities locked in stones of the titular Valley of the Gods, which will materialise during the course of the film.
Majewski who also wrote the script told PAP: "I am fascinated by the beauty and poetry of this mythology. It illustrates the contrast of primitive America with the current, equally surreal culture of America's myth.
“With the culture of mass media and dreamed-up film illusions. It is summarized, among others, by the phrase ’sky is the limit’, demonstrating that everyone can become enormously rich.
“Rich people are everywhere, but they don't show their wealth as ostentatiously as in the US."
The second storyline focuses on Wes Tauros, the richest man on Earth played by John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich).
Leading an eccentric life after a personal tragedy, Tauros buy the rights to mine uranium in the Valley of Gods, desecrating the holy Indian grounds.
The third story focuses on John Ecas, Tauros’ employee tasked with writing his bosses biography, whose imagination has the power to alter reality.
Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down), who plays the role of writer John Ecas told a press conference: "I met Lech in Los Angeles and we had a great chat. It turned out that we are like-minded on many levels.
“On another occasion, we discussed Fellini's 8 1/2 and it turned out that Lech had written a book about him. That's when I realised that our collaboration might not only be an interesting experience, but also a deeply human one."
Wanting to incorporate as much as possible of the Indian mythology, the director decided to include Natives amongst the cast.
He said: "The Great Chief of Navajo Nation ordered his people to play in my film. He said that this was a very good movie for them as he’d never seen an American production that would show the world from their perspective.
“Usually the Indians are portrayed from the white man’s point of view.
“Indians either circle their opponents, make strange sounds and shoot arrows, or are tortured and treated unfairly.
“I adopted a different way of storytelling, the logic that is found in their religion and mythology."
The Valley of the Gods was shot in several locations in Italy, Utah, USA, and Poland, including Lower Silesia, the Cistercian monastery complex in Lubiąż and Książ Castle, as well as Majewski’s hometown Katowice.
The score was composed by the Oscar winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, known for his music for “Finding Neverland” and “Washington Square”.
The film is due to premiere at the festival tomorrow (18th September).
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