A piercing reflection on the turbulent anxieties of a pop star and, through her eyes, the tragedies that define an era.
Asian PremiereUSA / 2018 / 110 MIN / English / NC16: Coarse Language and Some Violence
Musical ingénue Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) rises from the ashes of a seismic tragedy to capture the attention of a nation. Under the wing of a music producer (a gruff, seedy Jude Law), she and her sister Eleanor are swept into the dizzying world of pop superstardom. Eighteen years later, Celeste (now played by Natalie Portman in a frenzied performance) remains at the top of the ladder. Yet the forces of the world still press down upon the kamikaze diva.
Brady Corbet’s second feature proves as ambitious and introspective as his first—it’s both an intense character study and a critique of our own topsy-turvy society. Vox Lux glides across glossy electro-pop surfaces to enter the dark heart of modern megalomania.
Cast & Credits
Actor-turned-director Brady Corbet built a career of fascinating performances with roles in Mysterious Skin (2004), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (2007). His directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader (2015), won the Best Debut Film and Horizons Best Director awards at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. Vox Lux premiered in competition at Venice in 2018.
Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Andrew Lauren, D.J. Gugenheim, Gary Michael Walters, Michel Litvak, Svetlana Metkina, Brian Young, Robert Salerno
Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Stacy Martin, Raffey Cassidy