Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s Amer looks like a pretty dead-on throwback:
- Todd Brown’s Amer review on Twitch
Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find a US release date for it anywhere…
As a very memorable birthday gift this year, my friend Tim*—creator of the whimsically informative trivia-based podcast, The Factoter—dedicated a recent episode to me and my filmic interests.
Have a listen to the episode: Factoter 906 – Hitchcock
Fans of minutia, public-radio-style audio essays and the like, should get a kick out of these. Check out other episodes here!
Of Danish director Refn’s films, I’ve only seen The Pusher trilogy, a collection of modern Neorealist crime films made over the course of a decade—each installment better than the last—and stylistically composed in a manner not unlike 2008’s critically lauded Gomorra.
From Todd Brown’s review over at Twitch, it sounds as if Valhalla is much more abstract, both thematically and structurally, than the trailer lets on. For starters its main character, One Eye (played by Pusher/Pusher II [co-]star Mads Mikkelsen, who also played villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale), remains completely mute throughout the entire film.
I’m hoping that this one ends up at Chicago International this year! I guess I’ll find out next week, when they release the full schedule*.
[*update: it’s not a part of the lineup, and that is a bummer. However, the fact that it’s being labeled as a “VIKING FAIL” by various Tweetards only makes me that much more interested, since I assume at least some of them were hoping for some sort of Norwegian 300.]
6 more shows left, Chicagoland folks! Come check it out — you won’t be disappointed!
Here are some details for the upcoming theatrical production, on which I’ve been working for the past month-or-so:
Two kids, born into a world of wealth and privilege, plan to commit the perfect crime.
Join Project 891 Theatre Company for its inaugural production directed by Michael Rashid and featuring Matt Hays, Ron Popp, Gary Murphy, Robert Kaercher, Matthew Lozano, Jacob A. Ware and Liz Hoffman.
July 10 – August 2
Chemically Imbalanced Theatre
1420 W Irving Park Rd. Chicago, 60613
Here’s the promotional trailer that I made for the show:
The live production will also feature cinematic clips (that I’m assembling with director, Michael Rashid, specifically for this show), projected onstage during the performance. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, please come and check it out!!
SHOWTIMES / TICKETS Available at BROWN PAPER TICKETS.COM
And, if you’re unfamiliar with the case and story, here’s a good place to start. Hope to see some of you next month!