Directed by Mary Harron, the film is directed by Ben Kingsley.
Ezra Miller and Ben Kingsley are two sides of the same Dalí.
Both actors transform into artist Salvador Dalí in Magnolia Pictures’ “Dalíland,” directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”).
The film centers on Salvador Dalí, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, and focuses on the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between Dalí and his wife, Gala (Barbara Sukowa), as their seemingly unshakable relationship begins. stress and fracture, according to an official synopsis. Set in New York and Spain in 1974, the film is told through the eyes of James (Christopher Briney), a young assistant who wants to make a name for himself in the art world, who helps the eccentric and mercurial Dalí prepare for a big gallery show. Daisy Jones & the Six star Suki Waterhouse, Andreja Pejic and Rupert Graves also star.
“Dalíland” debuted on the closing night of TIFF 2022 and is produced by Daniel Brunt, Chris Curling, Edward R. Pressman, Sam Pressman and David O. Sacks.
Director Harron addressed the controversy surrounding actor Miller. The non-double-digit star who uses the pronouns they/them was arrested for a misdemeanor; Allegations that Miller strangled a woman and ran a “cult-like” community for teenagers were also made public. Miller apologized and announced that he was seeking mental health treatment.
Harron shared that Miller had been thinking about playing a young Dalí for over a decade.
“Then the producers and everybody said, ‘Well, you can’t cast them because they’re not big enough stars,'” Harron told Vanity Fair. Then a year later they became too big of a star and they had to drop out because they got ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and then later ‘The Flash.”
Harron added, “They’ve stayed very loyal to the project for years, even when others were dropping out left and right due to schedule changes and the pandemic.”
As for the allegations against Miller, Harron said, “They were very professional and nice to everyone. There was nothing wrong or any sign of it on the set. So it was very upsetting and horrifying to read what happened afterwards. This was very sad to read – very sad for everyone involved. Hopefully they will get help for the very, very serious break.”
Dalíland premieres June 9 in select theaters and on VOD.
Watch the trailer below.
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