Reel Suspects primed and ready to sell To the Night
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French firm will be touting the latest film by Peter Brunner, featuring Caleb Landry Jones in the lead role and set to world-premiere in the official competition at Karlovy Vary
Parisian international sales outfit Reel Suspects, headed up by Matteo Lovadina, will be attending the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (running 29 June to 7 July) with a pretty impressive trump card up its sleeve: namely, To the Night [+see also:
interview: Peter Brunner, Eleonore Hen…
film profile] by Austrian director Peter Brunner, which is one of 12 selected titles vying for the Crystal Globe 2018. Discovered in competition in Rotterdam 2014 with My Blind Heart [+see also:
interview: Peter Brunner
film profile], and going on to scoop the Special Jury Prize the following year in Karlovy Vary with Those Who Fall Have Wings [+see also:
interview: Peter Brunner
film profile], the Viennese filmmaker has this time thrown himself into an English language picture, choosing American actor Caleb Landry Jones (recently at his best in 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [+see also:
film profile], Get Out and The Florida Project) as his leading man. Also standing out among the cast are fellow American, Eleonore Hendricks (Les Chansons que mes frères m’ont apprises), Austro-Australian actress Jana McKinnon (Beautiful Girl [+see also:
film profile]), Austrian actor Christos Haas (who featured in two of the director’s earlier films) and Austrialian actress Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon [+see also:
Q&A: Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by Peter Brunner himself (with Michael Haneke as Dramaturgical Consultant), the film focuses on Norman, the sole survivor of a tragic fire accident which took place when he was a child, who has been struggling with feelings of guilt ever since. Norman tries to create a new life for himself with his girlfriend Penelope and their young son. But one night, when his traumatic memories are reignited once again, Norman sets out on a quest like no other, following a trail of flames which promises to heal his pain once and for all…
Produced by Oliver Neumann and Sabine Moser for Freibeuter Film, To the Night is co-produced by American firm Loveless and by Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion, with the support of the Austrian Film Institute among others.
Other stand-out pictures currently featuring on the Reel Suspects slate include the South African thriller, Number 37, by Nosipho Dumisa (which premiered at the SXSW Festival in Austin), but also Adelaide(Leviano). This first full-length film by Portuguese director Justin Amorim – whose domestic cinema release date is set for 5 July - focuses on three teenage sisters whose lives are turned upside down when their mother disappears during her 50th birthday party celebrations. Joining forces with two boys who are new in town, and whose brother also vanished into thin air that same night, they set out into the unknown, on a journey that is part-adventure, part-self-discovery, but whose tragic consequences are reminiscent of one of the most controversial crimes ever committed in Portugal.
(Translated from French)
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