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The Lost City of Z
UK/USA, 2016, 141 min., Color

James Gray’s emotionally and visually resplendent epic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (a remarkable Charlie Hunnam), the British military-man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Sienna Miller) and children, and his very existence. Gray and cinematographer Darius Khondji cast quite a spell, exquisitely pitched between rapture and dizzying terror. Also starring Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, THE LOST CITY OF Z represents a form of epic storytelling that has all but vanished from the landscape of modern cinema, and a rare level of artistry.

— New York Film Festival
James Gray
Darius Khondji
Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson

Director Bio

James Gray is a writer and director from New York. Gray attended film school at the University of Southern California. In 1994, Gray wrote and directed his first feature LITTLE ODESSA, winner of Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award. In 2000, his second feature THE YARDS was later released by Miramax Films. His third feature, WE OWN THE NIGHT (2007), was an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival. In 2013, Gray wrote and directed THE IMMIGRANT, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. THE LOST CITY OF Z is his latest feature.
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