"Carnage" (2011) is a movie adaptation of the smash comedy play "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza that is directed by Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski. The film is a razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the "victim" invite the parents of the "bully" over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of child-rearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage. Unpredictable and shocking, the film hilariously exposes the hypocrisy lurking behind their polite façade.

Hailed by the critics and public alike, the play enjoyed sell-out runs in Paris, London and on Broadway after its premiere in 2006 and won a slew of awards at both the Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction of a Play.

"Carnage" stars Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet ("Mildred Pierce," "The Reader") and Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz ("Water for Elephants," "Inglourious Basterds") as husband and wife Nancy and Alan Cowan, opposite Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster ("Panic Room," "The Silence of the Lambs") and Academy Award-nominee John C. Reilly ("We Need to Talk About Kevin," "Chicago," "Magnolia") as Penelope and Michael Longstreet, respectively.

Yasmina Reza joined Roman Polanski in adapting her play "God of Carnage" for the screen. Said Ben Said ("The Witnesses," "Love Crime") produced the film through SBS Productions. Carnage is a French-German-Polish co-production between SBS Productions, Constantin Film Produktion and SPI Poland. Other production credits include Pawel Edelman ("The Ghost Writer," "The Pianist") as director of photography; Academy Award-winner Dean Tavoularis ("The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now") as production designer; costume designer Milena Canonero, Academy Award-winner for "Marie Antoinette," "Barry Lyndon" and "Chariots of Fire"; Academy Award-winner Didier Lavergne ("La Vie en Rose," "The Ghost Writer,") as make-up designer and Hervé de Luze ("The Ghost Writer," "The Pianist") as editor.


Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 79 mins.
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Country: France
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Production Companies:
Said Ben Said Productions
Constantin Film
SPI Film Studio
Versatil Cinema
Zanagar Films
France 2 Cinema

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