Watch – Interview with acclaimed Chilean director Pablo Larrain on his controversial new film ‘The Club’

Pablo_Larrain_directorSet in a sleepy, quaint Chilean beach town, a collection of four disgraced priests live secluded: cast out and damned by society for crimes that they have committed, including such abominations as child abuse and stealing children away from unwed mothers. Together, they live under a strict regime and are watched over by a female caretaker. Their colourless, yet also fragile existence is upended one day by the arrival of a fifth man.

Although a fictional work, Pablo Larrain’s film feels as though it could be carved from fact. It is prescient and topical in a climate of distrust and unease around the Church. The fact that Larrain executes The Club without casting too firm a judgment on his characters is evidence of his masterly touch. He is no apologist, but he is not quite the executioner either. He is not even the jury or the judge. As a result, we are left to draw our own conclusions.

We sat down with Larrain to talk about this fascinating, Golden Globe nominated and Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear winning film, which is his first release since his 2012 film No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

Here is what he had to say:

Part 1

Part 2

The Club is in cinemas from 25th March 2016.

 

 

About The Author

Having upped sticks and marched down the A13 from Essex into the smog of London, Greg can be found ranting and raging as the Film Correspondent on the Jon Gaunt Show from time to time and also on his weekly 'The Film Review' podcast (plug alert - available on iTunes and Audioboom). Aside from Front Row Reviews, he also scribbles regularly for HeyUGuys. Lowlights, thus far, have been John Hurt scolding with the question 'do you really think like that?', upsetting acclaimed filmmaker Ondi Timoner with his piece for the Sunday Mirror and falling out with the blog editor of the Huffington Post. Oh, and he did bring Liv Ullmann to tears (but in a good way... more of a highlight, that one). He can also be found writing on theatre and music for the Islington Gazette, Ham & High, Hackney Gazette, Bargain Theatre, SupaJam and others. He's often moaning about how tired he is, and he's a frustrated musician.

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