The Lost City of Z

Synopsis: At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which views indigenous populations as savages, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide-de-camp, returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case.
Production: Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street Media
  5 wins & 28 nominations.
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141 min

- In south America, sir?

- That's right.

Only what I've read.


Then you can't know very much.

This is as good a map

of Bolivia as we have.

Most of it's blank,

as you can see.

Nothing's really known

about it at all.

A land of primitives.

But there are rubber plantations

all over Amazonia.

Very profitable.

There is now

considerable argument

between Bolivia and Brazil

as to what constitutes

their border.

So fantastically high

is the price of rubber

that war could arise.

Do you follow?

- I do, sir.

- Mm-hmm.

Although I'm not sure what this

has to do with me.

I'm getting to that.

Neither country will accept

mapping done by the other,

so they've requested us to act

as referee.

As you completed your mapping

here with distinction,

you came under

our consideration.

- I see.

- Mm-hmm.

- Sirs, may I speak candidly?

- Please.

My survey work was long ago,

and to be quite honest,

I was rather hoping

for a position where I might see

a fair bit of action.

Major, this is far more

than just survey work.

This is exploration

in the jungle.

The environment's

brutally difficult...

Terrible disease,

murderous savages.

The journey may well mean

your life.

At the very least, you will

be gone for several years.

But were you to succeed,

such an undertaking could

earn you soldierly decoration

and even reclaim

your family name.

You know, we knew your father.

Did you?


I did not.

A terrible thing,

man's love of drink and gaming.

But as I say,

success in this venture

could change your lot...


I've never seen

the brain change color.

Like that.

Doesn't it look big?

Like a big brain.

It looks round.

It looks round in that,

doesn't it?

It does.

Jack, will you go and play?

I want to talk to your father

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James Gray

James Gray is an American film director and screenwriter. Since his feature debut Little Odessa in 1994, he has made five other features, four of which competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. more…

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