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The White King

  • 2016
  • UK
  • 91 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alex Helfrecht, Jörg Tittel
  • Cast: Agyness Deyn, Lorenzo Allchurch, Fiona Shaw, Greta Scacchi, Jonathan Pryce

Djata (Allchurch) lives in an isolated totalitarian homeland; when his dad is whisked away, his mother Hannah (Deyn) tries to find a solution. Despite crisp photography and an impressive cast (Allchurch and Deyn are good, as is Scacchi as a sly, sexually exploitative general) which help compensate for a modest budget, the film never quite finds the right tone.

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The White King

21 Jun 20163 stars

EIFF 2016: Moderately successful dystopian adventure, starring Agyness Deyn and Jonathan Pryce

Husband and wife filmmakers Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht make their feature debut with this boys’ own adventure based on the award-winning second novel from György Dragomán. The story of a 12-year-old growing up in an isolated totalitarian homeland…

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