After premiering his last two movies at Sundance, “The Comedy” and “Entertainment” writer/director Rick Alverson is headed to Venice. “The Mountain” stars Jeff Goldblum and Tye Sheridan as a pioneering lobotomist and a young man who’s lost his parents in two different ways, respectively, and anyone who’s seen Alverson’s earlier work knows that the oddity won’t stop there. Ahead of its festival debut, avail yourself of two still photos and the film’s poster.
Speaking to IndieWire earlier this year, Goldblum explained that his character is inspired by Dr. Walter Freeman, “the guy who pioneered the lobotomy, did Rosemary Kennedy’s lobotomy. This is an extrapolation of that kind of character. Drugs have come in, so it’s very controversial what I’m doing.”
Named Dr. Wallace Fiennes, this fellow has “pioneered a way of doing it…like [Freeman] did, through the eyeball, with my own kind of ice picks…I’m trying to teach people in these institutions, where my name isn’t mud totally yet, and I’m trying to shore up my legacy. Teach people how to do it quickly, and do a lot more lobotomies.”
As for the plot, Goldblum said, “I take this kid [Sheridan] with me on the road in the Pacific Northwest. He’s lost his father, and I’ve lobotomized his mother, and so I take him under my wing, get him to photograph me as I’m doing these things.”
Denis Lavant, Hannah Gross, and Udo Kier co-star in the film, which premieres next week; North American sales are being handled by 30WEST, world sales by the Match Factory.