Manderlay


2h 13m 2005

Brief Synopsis

Manderlay lay on a lonely plain somewhere in the deep south of the USA. It was in the year of 1933 that Grace and her father had left the township of Dogville behind them. Grace's father and his army of villains had spent the entire winter seeking out new hunting grounds in vain, and now they were h

Film Details

Also Known As
Alabama, Mandalay
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Artcam (Czech Republic); Edith Film Oy; Invicta Capital Limited; Isabella Films; Memfis Film; Ognon Pictures; Pain Unlimited Gmbh; Sigma Iii; Trust Film Sales; Zentropa Entertainment; Zoma Films Ltd.
Distribution Company
IFC Films; 01 Distribuzione; A-Film Distribution; Asociacia Slovenskych Filmovych Klubov (Asfk); Audiovisual Enterprises (Greece); Calif; Crown Films (Taiwan); Cts; Fidalgo; Gaga Communications (Parent); Golem Distribution; Gussi Films; IFC Films; IFC Films; Independenta; Lev Films; Metrodome Distribution; Neue Visionen Filmverleih Gmbh; Nordisk Film; Nordisk Film Biografer (Denmark); Nordisk Film Tv; PathT International; Pathe Image; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh
Location
Copenhagen, Denmark; Film i Väst, Trollhättan, Sweden

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 13m

Synopsis

Manderlay lay on a lonely plain somewhere in the deep south of the USA. It was in the year of 1933 that Grace and her father had left the township of Dogville behind them. Grace's father and his army of villains had spent the entire winter seeking out new hunting grounds in vain, and now they were heading south in one last attempt to find a favorable location in which to take up residence. By chance their cars stop in the state of Alabama in front of a large iron gate bearing a thick chain and a padlock. Beside the gate, a dead oak tree towers over a heavy boulder with Manderlay hewn in monumental letters into the granite. Just as Grace, her father and his men are about to leave after a short break and a quick lunch, a young black woman runs up to the car. She knocks on Grace's window. She hammers at the glass in despair. Ignoring her father's advice to leave others to their own affairs, Grace follows the girl through the gates of Manderlay and there, she finds a group of people living as if slavery had not been abolished seventy years earlier, with white masters and black slaves. Grace believes that she has a duty to make it up to the slaves for injustices they have suffered at the hands of her kind: 'we brought them here, we abused them and made them what they are, as she argues to her father, and she decides that having liberated Manderlay, she will remain at the plantation until she has seen them through their first harvest. Her father grudgingly leaves her with four henchmen and a lawyer, warning Grace that he won't be there to pick up the pieces when her plans for the resurrection of Manderlay fall apart.

Film Details

Also Known As
Alabama, Mandalay
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Artcam (Czech Republic); Edith Film Oy; Invicta Capital Limited; Isabella Films; Memfis Film; Ognon Pictures; Pain Unlimited Gmbh; Sigma Iii; Trust Film Sales; Zentropa Entertainment; Zoma Films Ltd.
Distribution Company
IFC Films; 01 Distribuzione; A-Film Distribution; Asociacia Slovenskych Filmovych Klubov (Asfk); Audiovisual Enterprises (Greece); Calif; Crown Films (Taiwan); Cts; Fidalgo; Gaga Communications (Parent); Golem Distribution; Gussi Films; IFC Films; IFC Films; Independenta; Lev Films; Metrodome Distribution; Neue Visionen Filmverleih Gmbh; Nordisk Film; Nordisk Film Biografer (Denmark); Nordisk Film Tv; PathT International; Pathe Image; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh
Location
Copenhagen, Denmark; Film i Väst, Trollhättan, Sweden

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 13m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 19-November 3, 2005.)

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 22-October 9, 2005.)

Released in United States January 2006 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (World Cinema Now) January 5-16, 2006.)

Released in United States Winter January 27, 2006

Expanded Release in United States February 3, 2006

Released in United States on Video August 8, 2006

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States January 2006

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 19-November 3, 2005.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 22-October 9, 2005.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (World Cinema Now) January 5-16, 2006.

Nicole Kidman was previously attached to star.

Project is the second installment in the Danish maverick's trilogy "U, S and A." The first film in the trilogy is "Dogville" (2002) with another film to be announced.

Actor John C. Reilly left the production in protest after they filmed a donkey being killed.

Released in United States Winter January 27, 2006

Expanded Release in United States February 3, 2006

Released in United States on Video August 8, 2006