Todd Solondz first made waves at the Sundance Film Festival when “Welcome to the Dollhouse” won the Grand Jury Prize in 1995, and he returned to Park City earlier this year with “Wiener-Dog.” His first movie since 2011’s “Dark Horse,” it follows a dachshund’s experiences with four different owners. Watch the trailer now.
The comedy looks typically dark and cynical, with one exchange feeling particularly emblematic of Solondz’s sensibility: “I’m going to Ohio tomorrow, wanna come along?” “What’s in Ohio?” “Crystal meth.” The non-canine performers include Greta Gerwig (as a vet tech named Dawn Wiener, because of course), Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts and Zosia Mamet.
Among Solondz’s other films are “Storytelling,” “Palindromes” and the controversial “Happiness.” The writer/director himself describes his latest as “‘Au Hasard Balthazar’ meets ‘Benji,” which is certainly enough to pique this writer’s interest. Amazon Studios and IFC Films are releasing “Wiener-Dog,” which received financing from both Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, on June 24.