An African slave boy is groomed by a comtesse into a court performer and object of curiosity in 18th-century Austria.
Angelo, an African boy recently arrived in Vienna via slave boat, is taken into the household of a noblewoman who’s determined to raise him as her idealised vision of man—or, perhaps, of god. His blackness starkly visible in a circle of powdered grandees, Angelo grows up into an adult whose idea of himself is shaped by that artificial environment, and the expectations heaped upon him by those both fascinated by and contemptuous of him.
Call it the Habsburg version of Get Out. The scorching intersection of race, colonialism and 18th-century European aristocracy is treated with cool, formal elegance in this film by Markus Schleinzer. Angelo premiered in the Platform section of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Cast & Credits
Before he was a director, Vienna-born Markus Schleinzer was a casting director involved in more than 70 feature films, including the films of Jessica Hausner, Ulrich Seidl and Michael Haneke. Michael, his provocative feature debut as director and scriptwriter, premiered in competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Angelo is his second feature.
Alexander Glehr, Franz Novotny, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Markus Schleinzer
Markus Schleinzer, Alexander Brom
Makita Samba, Alba Rohrwacher, Larisa Faber
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Haifa International Film Festival 2018