This year’s New York Film Festival had plenty to offer for film buffs salivating over the spring season’s wealth of buzz movies. From the silent-era love letter “The Artist” to the impressive psychodrama “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (not to mention established champions like “The Descendants,” “Carnage,” “The Turin Horse,” “A Dangerous Method,” and more), very few from the anticipated roster disappointed the east coast crowd. However, much like your average fest, these well-known titles stole the spotlight from smaller films not containing Marilyn Monroe or Michael Fassbender’s member. It’s understandable — there’s only so much time and skrilla — but one movie worth catching up with is Ruben Östlund’s “Play.” Based on a true story about a group of wrong-side-of-the-track kids bullying and robbing three better-off children, the Swedish director’s third feature is an uncomfortable and often-times bizarre film. The man’s got a voice and perspective so unique that the movie only incites a hunger for more — and thankfully, we won’t have to wait long for another helping.
Variety reports that the filmmaker is prepping another feature with a to-the-point title “Tourist.” Hopefully any frightful memories of the loathsome Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie vehicle have been blotted out because this actually sounds much more watchable. Said to be told in three parts, the French Alps-set movie will center on a father and his cowardly behavior following a monstrous avalanche. Those not sold on the simple premise might like to know that the filmmaker hopes to create “the most spectacular avalanche in film history” with a combination of live snow-fall and visual effects.
The director hopes to shoot in the spring, so it will be a while yet before we see what he has in store. As for the excellent “Play,” there doesn’t seem to be U.S. distribution in place, but for now you can get a taste with the trailer below.