Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 114: Fri Apr 25

Blue Ruin (Saulnier, 2013): Sundance Film Festival, O2 Centre, 9.15pm

This film, reckoned by critics to be the best new film at this year's London Sundance Film Festival, also screens on April 27th. Details here.

Here is the Sundance preview:

A peaceful vagrant finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Since he is only an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

With his second feature film, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier creates a classic American revenge story, crackling with sudden violence and black humor. The film maintains an impressive edge-of-your-seat pace through the script’s surprising twists and turns and the efficient work of editor Julia Bloch. Beyond the thrills, Saulnier grounds the film’s humanity in the captivating eyes of lead actor Macon Blair, which never lose the burning intensity of righteous duty and overpowering fear.

Blue Ruin premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it screened in the Directors’ Fortnight and went on to win the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize. Filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier attended the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as the cinematographer for Matthew Porterfield’s I Used to Be Darker, which screened in the NEXT program.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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