Dark Waters - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Dark Waters
US | 2019 | 126’ | DCP | Colour | English | Group: B
Director: Todd Haynes

2019/12/08 21:30 Macau Tower 

Programmer’s Note

Based on the 2016 article “The Man Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” published in The New York Times Magazine, Dark Waters is the shocking story of corporate malfeasance in the US which couldn’t be more relevant in a world stricken by climate change. Todd Haynes brings his elegant style to the film which is structured as a classic David Vs Goliath legal drama (see Erin Brockovich, The Insider et al), following the traditional beats of the sub-genre in a reassuring way, yet keeping the audience continually unsettled at the power that DuPont wields at every level of society. Even while crusading attorney Rob Bilott celebrates the birth of a new son or a family Christmas, Haynes makes us aware how vulnerable his own – and every – household is to the reckless disregard for human safety practised by these multi-billion dollar companies. A quietly powerful, disturbing film made in the very best tradition of Hollywood storytelling and boasting a compelling lead turn by Mark Ruffalo as Bilott.

– Mike Goodridge


Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinatti law firm when he is contacted by a West Virginia farmer who believes that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth of what is happening, Bilott files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight that will not only test his relationship with his wife Sarah, but his reputation, his health and his livelihood.


Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes is an award-winning director and screenwriter. Born in Los Angeles, Haynes made waves with his first short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987) which used Barbie dolls to portray the life and death of the famous singer. His debut feature Poison (1991) went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and kick-started a run of successful films including Safe (1995), Velvet Goldmine (1998), which won the special jury prize at Cannes, Far from Heaven (2002), which won four Oscar nominations including for Haynes’ screenplay, Carol (2015), which won six Oscar nominations. His 2011 TV miniseries Mildred Pierce won five Emmys and three Golden Globes.

Cast & Crew

Director Todd Haynes

Scriptwriter(s) Maria Correa

Producer(s) Mark Ruffalo, Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler

Cinematographer Edward Lachman

Production Designer Hannah Beachler

Editor Affonso Goçalves


Costumes Designer Christopher Peterson

Cast Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman, Louisa Krause

Production Companies A Willi Hill, Killer Content

Distributor Golden Scene Co. Ltd.

World Sales Lionsgate

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