Affleck, Damon reunite for movie on rape in medieval France


Actors and shut associates Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are reunited in The Final Duel, Ridley Scott’s epic drama concerning the rape of a noblewoman in medieval France which premieres on the Venice Movie Pageant on Friday.

The movie tells the true story of the final lawful duel in 14th century France, when two knights squared off to find out the veracity of the lady’s declare that she was raped.

Damon stars as her husband Jean de Carrouges, combating to avenge her and restore his household’s honour by difficult his outdated friend-turned-rival Jacques Le Gris, performed by Adam Driver.

Affleck arrived in Venice flanked by singer Jennifer Lopez, of their first outing at an official occasion since they not too long ago rekindled their romance after 20 years.

“Sure, I do contemplate myself a feminist,” Affleck, who within the movie performs an omnipotent, macho rely, informed reporters.

“It was essential, I assumed, and fascinating to inform a narrative that wasn’t simply an indictment of 1 dangerous individual, however that pointed to the cultural antecedent that Europe and nations colonised by European nations share, which is one which didn’t view girls for a lot of, many, many centuries as human beings.”

Thought-about as her illiterate husband’s property, Marguerite de Carrouges, interpreted by British actor Jodie Comer, dangers being burned on the stake by talking out.

Affleck stated there have been residual features of that mentality “within the disproportionate energy that males have in society” right this moment.

The movie is split in three chapters, each written from every of the three protagonists’ views, with some scenes repeating the identical dialogues however with the physique language subtly tweaked to replicate the completely different factors of view.

The movie was co-written by Affleck and Damon, the primary time the 2 actors have labored on a script collectively since Good Will Searching, the 1997 film that gained them an Oscar for greatest authentic screenplay.

They drafted in Nicole Holofcener, a director and screenwriter who was a former pupil of Martin Scorsese, to write down Marguerite’s standpoint.

“We discovered it in a completely completely different course of this time,” Damon stated, recalling that when he and Affleck wrote Good Will Searching, 1000’s of script pages had ended up not getting used.

“One of many issues that had saved us from writing for thus a few years was the best way we wrote again within the 90s, once we have been 22 and 20 years outdated, was actually inefficient.”

This time, the script – primarily based on the e book of the identical title by Eric Jager – took simply six weeks and got here collectively in a short time round Christmas 2018, Scott stated.

He stated the actors had needed to shoot a giant a part of the duel scenes themselves: “All of the stuff on foot is all them. And it was in all probability probably the most brutal factor I’ve ever needed to do…that took loads of effort, six days of incessant element and violence.”

At 83, the Blade Runner, Alien and Thelma Louise director stated he was nonetheless on the lookout for one thing “recent” to do, and wish to make a musical or a western subsequent.

The Final Duel is screening out of competitors on the Venice pageant, which ends on Saturday.

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