The first clip from director Kelly Reichardt’s Venice debuter “Night Moves,” the followup to her 2010 revisionist western “Meek’s Cutoff,” has landed. An ecoterrorist thriller that shares its name with Arthur Penn’s 1975 crime drama, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard as a group of radical environmentalists who set out to bomb a hydroelectric dam.
With such stellar films as “Meek’s Cutoff,” 2008’s “Wendy and Lucy” and 2006’s “Old Joy,” Reichardt has made a name for herself as a filmmaker of restraint, ambiguous narrative approach and an eye for capturing the natural world at its most contemplative. Based on the clip below (via The Playlist), in which the three characters travel silently on a boat through Oregon wetlands, “Night Moves” appears to be no exception. As Reichardt tends to be a hit with critics, the film was generally well-received at Venice and will play TIFF this month. Our TOH! review is here.