Directed by Tim Sutton
Orizzonti - Out of Competition Venice Film Festival 2016
Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016
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Brooklyn filmmaker Tim Sutton (Memphis, BAMcinemaFest 2014; Pavilion, BAMcinemaFest 2012), called “among the country’s most intriguing cinematic anthropologists” (Variety), returns with this uncompromising portrait of American violence and alienation. Loosely inspired by the multiplex shooting that devastated Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, Sutton’s third film observes six strangers as their lives intersect at the site of imminent brutality. Boasting evocative cinematography by Hélène Louvart (Pina, The Wonders) and a haunting score by Maica Armata, Dark Night is an impressionistic journey into the dread lurking beneath the placid surface of suburban life.
Synopsis A suburban landscape plays witness to the inevitable, unfolding events that culminate in a Cineplex massacre. Over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, six strangers - the shooter among them - share in the new American nightmare.
Cast Robert Jumper, Anna Rose, Rosie Rodriguez, Karina Macias, Aaron Purvis, Eddie Cacciola
Crew Director & Screenwriter: Tim Sutton
Director of Photography: Hélène Louvart
Editor: Jeanne Applegate
Music: Maica Armata
Producer: Alexandra Byer
Executive Producers: John Baker, Andre Des Rochers, Jonathan Gray, Bruce Meyerson
Original Title Dark Night
Length 85 mins
Sundance Film Festival 2016, Official Selection/ BAMcinemaFest 2016, Closing Night/ Venice Film Festival 2016 (Italy), Out of Competition - Orizzonti/ Filmfest Hamburg 2016 (Germany)/ Viennale 2016 (Austria)/ American Film Festival Wroclaw 2016 (Poland)/ CPH PIX 2016 (Denmark)/ Thessaloniki Film Festival 2016 (Greece)/ Cork Film Festival 2016 (Ireland)/ Göteborg Film Festival 2017 (Sweden)/ Luxembourg Film Festival 2017 (Luxembourg)/ Febiofest 2017 (Czech Republic)/ BAFICI 2017, In Competition (Argentina)/ .... more to be announced !
"Sundance at its best!"
Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES
"Watching Dark Night in an actual movie theater is a surreal experience"
Peter Debruge, VARIETY
Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE
"Sutton make cuts only when absolutely necessary, allowing the breath of the shot to land and expand out across the screen. This allows for the undercurrent of tension to ebb and flow with a frightening accuracy of just when and where it rises and falls and how it hits you. Dark Night is the first great film of 2016!"
"The most oblique of the festival’s many reflections on gun violence in America, Tim Sutton’s genuinely unsettling experiment — beautifully lensed by d.p. Helene Louvart — transforms the emptiness and alienation of suburban youth culture into a sort of collective dream-space, where the mundane takes on an ever-present undercurrent of dread."
Justin Chang, VARIETY
"A thought-provoking requiem! This searing movie is absolutely a must-see"
"Among the top fifteen favorites of Sundance! The goal here is brutal honesty. What may feel obvious onscreen needs to begin feeling as obvious here, in real life."
Tim Sutton is the writer and director of two critically acclaimed feature films. Pavilion (Factory 25) was a New York Times Critic's Pick in 2013 and Memphis was the winner of the inaugural Venice Biennale College-Cinema Grant in 2013. The latter had its world premiere at the 70th Venice Film Festival and international premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Memphis was also selected as one of The New Yorker's Top 10 Films of 2014.