Microdistributor Cinemad Presents will release Cam Archer’s “Shit Year,” starring Ellen Barkin, in the U.S. this fall.
In the black-and-white experimental film, Barkin plays a retiring actress slowly losing her grip on reality. It was an entry in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight.
“Ellen Barkin puts on a bold, candid performance in Cam Archer’s “Shit Year,” but the enigmatic movie is composed of too many fragments to sustain her efforts,” wrote Eric Kohn in his review of the movie at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. “An experimental account of fictional actress Colleen West, this obsessively non-linear character snapshot never settles down and consequently loses focus. The sum of its parts is both imaginative and emotionally remote.”
“Shit Year” begins its national rollout with an exclusive engagement at the IFC Center in New York on September 21. Barkin is on tap to make an appearance during its run for a Q&A.
Here’s the film’s German trailer: