In a modern day spin on the Shakespeare classic, Coriolanus tells the story of a war hero who is deceived by his people in the most unimaginable way. Gaius Marcius Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes), a seasoned war veteran, returns to his country greeted by a warm reception, being branded a hero by his citizens. After a time of peace post-return, enemies around him arise and attempt to brand him a rouge traitor, accusing him of treason. Being subjected to the vile sentiment from the city of Rome, whose freedom he risked his life to protect, Coriolanus vows vengeance, strategically partnering with his sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius (Gerald Butler).
Academy award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox and Jessica Chastain round out the list of prominent actors staring in this 2012 feature film. Premiering Out of Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, the film made it’s opening at the 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival. The choice to open in Belgrade was largely due to the fact that the majority of the filming took place in Serbia.
Making his directorial debut, Ralph Fiennes produces a wonderful adaptation of the Shakespearean classic through beautiful cinematography and a well-versed plot. Shakespeare, one of the most noted playwrights of all time, has produced play upon play of masterful talent, making tragedies a forerunner among genre ranks. Coriolanus has captured the downtrodden elegance of Shakespeare’s vision flawlessly, tailoring it today’s unrest among international affairs and creating characters and plots that hold their own under the great expectations of Shakespeare’s play.