Tonight’s screening of Macbeth winds up the presentation of movies in competition for Cannes‘ top prize, the Palme d’Or, which will be announced Sunday. Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, the film has been rapturously received by many critics, although that’s not necessarily a barometer for traditionally finicky (or quirky, take your pick) juries at the festival.
Screenwriters Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie and Todd Louiso have taken a few liberties with Shakespeare’s original, but they and director Kurzel are hardly the first who’ve come up with their own sometimes radical re-interpretations.
These two brief clips don’t show a lot, but they do offer an intriguing glimpse of the chilly, brutal world of the troubled king. Above is his gloomy coronation. The one below marks the breakout of hostilities between his supporters and enemies. The Weinstein Company is distributing in the U.S.