The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion’s first film in over a decade, which has received rave reviews at the Venice and Telluride film festivals ahead of its TIFF premiere, is a kind of bookend to her 1993 Palme d’Or-winning historical drama The Piano, with its picture of caged sexuality and repression. The protagonist of The Power of the Dog, however, is a man, Montana rancher Phil Burbank, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, for the first time in Campion’s career.
Our screenings are completely packed. That’s what makes me think it’s got to be a nice word… but you never know. Nobody is going to tell me, “Oh, you’re full of shit.” I don’t read reviews because it’s always the one thing that’s shit, the one statement that’s shit. It’s easy for me not to read those. The studio assigns you percentages. As a result, I know it’s going well. There’s a different kind of warmth heading my way. It’s as if you have leprosy or something when people don’t like your movie. They stay away from you. IMDB