Willem Dafoe to accompany My Hindu Friend at the MWFF

Thursday August 18, 2022

American film star Willem Dafoe, a favourite actor of such directors as Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Oliver Stone, Alan Parker, William Friedkin, Lars von Trier, Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara and Sam Raimi, will be in Montreal to accompany the showing of My Hindu Friend, the last film by Hector Babenco (Pixote, Kiss of the Spider Woman) , who died last month in Brazil. “We are especially proud to present the last film of this great director,” declared Montreal World Film Festival president Serge Losique. “Willem Dafoe has had one of the most impressive careers in American and international cinema, over 108 roles and twice nominated for Oscars. His appearance in Montreal is a tribute to Babenco and to the art that he represented.”

Appleton, Wisconsin native Dafoe joined an avant garde theatre group and toured extensively with them for two years in the US and Europe, then became a founding member of the Wooster Group. He made his film debut with a small part in Michael Ciminino’s Heaven's Gate (1980), and went on to the Oscar-nominated role of Sergeant Elias in Platoon (1986) and the controversial title role in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). Later films include Spider-Man (1989), Tom and Viv (1994), The English Patient (1996), Speed 2 (1997), Animal Factory (2003) and Manderlay (2005). Dafoe lent his voice for the heroic Gill in 2003’s Finding Nemo and co-starred in 2007’s Mr. Bean’s Holiday. He earned his second Oscar nomination for his work in Shadow of the Vampire (2000) . Among his more recent roles are those he supplied for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Anton Corbjin's A Most Wanted Man (2014), Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace (2013) Josh Boone's The Fault In Our Stars (2014), David Leitch and Chad Stahelski's John Wick (2014), and Chris Brinker's Bad Country (2014).

Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based experimental theatre collective. He created and performed in all of the group's work from 1977 through 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since then, he worked with Richard Foreman in Idiot Savant at The Public Theatre (NYC) and later  the international productions of Robert Wilson's The Life & Death of Marina Abramovic abroad and Robert Wilson's The Old Woman with Mikhail Baryshnikov.  In 2014 he served as a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.


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