The new teaser for TIFF drama “Buster’s Mal Heart” has arrived, and it looks like it’s going to be an intense addition to the festival. ‘Mr. Robot’ star Rami Malek plays a fugitive surviving a harsh winter climate by breaking into vacation homes. He earns the nickname ‘Buster’ after repeatedly calling into the same radio station to warn about Y2K. But things get strange once he’s haunted by images of his old life as a clean-cut family man and nightmares of being lost at sea.
“Buster’s Mal Heart” is the sophomore feature from filmmaker Sarah Adina Smith, who wrote, directed and edited the film. Smith describes the movie as an “existential journey.” It was shot in Montana and produced by Gamechanger Films, Everything is Everything, and Snowfort Pictures.
Smith’s first film was “The Midnight Swim” starring Lindsay Burdge (“A Teacher”), also a drama-mystery, about a mother-gone-missing in a lake.
As for Malek, he can currently be seen on Season 2 of Mr. Robot on USA, and will star in the upcoming remake of the 1973 prison film “Papillon.”