Angelo

Angelo

Angelo

Austrian director Markus Schleinzer’s second feature is a scathing drama about an 18th-century African man kept in a cage by European nobility.

"Longtime Michael Haneke collaborator Schleinzer's second feature is loosely based on a tragic and disturbing true story. Brought to Europe in captivity as a boy, Angelo Soliman (Makita Samba) is raised by a seemingly kind noblewoman and accepted in Viennese high society thanks to his education and his musical and dramatic talent. But Angelo will always be at best a curiosity in this brutally racist world. Presented as a series of highly formalistic vignettes with fabulous costumes and production design, the film's placid detachment and arch irony – highlighting the absurdity of aristocratic life – are an eerie contrast to the story's howl of rage at the dehumanisation of racism and colonialism." (Sydney Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Nudity & content that may disturb111 minsAustria, LuxembourgGerman and French with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

[Schleinzer's] tartly brilliant second feature is awash with slow-building irony, though as with his first, there's precious little mirth in its devastating kicker.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Angelo is a mesmerising portrait of a man of quiet dignity whose very humanity is denied by those around him.

Variety

Variety

press

[Schleinzer's] tartly brilliant second feature is awash with slow-building irony, though as with his first, there's precious little mirth in its devastating kicker.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Angelo is a mesmerising portrait of a man of quiet dignity whose very humanity is denied by those around him.