Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” is one of the best novels of the decade. Now a world-class film adaptation is coming, and the first trailer for “Der Distelfink” gives us hope that the film will catch up with the original.
The focus of “Der Distelfink” is Theo Decker (played by Oakes Fegley at a young age and later by Ansel Elgort). He loses his mother in a bomb attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but the painting “The Goldfinch” by the painter Carel Fabritius falls into his hands. It has been considered destroyed since then and Theo keeps it as if it were his own treasure, without trusting anyone that he has the image, during all the years that have passed and during which many things have changed in his life …
Director John Crowley, who has already caused a stir with “Brooklyn – A Love Between Two Worlds” and “Boy A,” was able to assemble a strong cast for his adaptation of the novel. Nicole Kidman plays the wealthy Mrs. Barbour, whose family Theo stays behind for a few years after losing their mother. Luke Wilson plays his father, who takes him to Las Vegas and his girlfriend Xandra (Sarah Paulson) for a while. Finn Wolfhard, known for “Stranger Things”, and Aneurin Barnard (“Dunkirk”) interpret the younger and older versions of Boris, who becomes Theo’s best friend and who in later years is very well connected with organized crime . Meanwhile, Jeffrey Wright is the art dealer Hobie, who becomes Theo’s foster father and mentor. Ashleigh Cummings (“NOS4A2”) plays Pippa, the protagonist’s great love.
Complex story, great photos
The story of “The Distelfink” is incredibly complex, not only spanning 14 years, but also having multiple locations in New York, Las Vegas, and Amsterdam where episodes take place that could each fill a standalone movie. The first trailer lets us hope that Crowley has all of that under one roof, and at the end of the day this first preview looks pretty cool. Not surprisingly, because the camera god Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”) is responsible for the images.
“Der Distelfink” will be released on September 12, 2019 and is already being traded as a possible Oscar nominee for the next award.
Here is the trailer in the original English version: