- “A Cure for the Wellness” trailer December 20, 2016
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
Synopsis: An aspiring executive ventures out to the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO from a health facility, but discovers that there are unsettling secrets within the facility’s operations.
Notes: Gore Verbinski has always impressed me with the way he can transform a script through style and atmosphere, such as how he innovated the horror genre with the dreary unnerving mood of The Ring, the swashbuckling period adventure of The Pirates of the Caribbean, or even the ridiculously satisfying slapstick stage comedy in Moushunt. The story here of an outsider investigating a secluded community of would-be captors and would-be captives is not new (the most vivid example would be the unanimously disappointing Shutter Island) but with Verbinski at the helm we are guaranteed nothing short of a viscerally engrossing experience told in gripping visuals and dedicated characters.
- “The Handmaiden” trailer May 3, 2016
Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Jung-woo Ha, Min-hee Kim, Jin-woong Jo
Synopsis: Under the 1930s occupation of Korea, a girl schemes to steal the fortunes of a wealthy Japanese family whom she serves.
Notes: By this time, Chan-wook Park needs no introduction. He’s situated his stories in international cultures and turned your everyday objects into devices of nightmares. His films compose an atmosphere of subtle dread before orchestrating blatant but satisfying awe. Unlike other projects, this time around his film is based a novel, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, so we’ll have a chance to see his influence on pre-existing source material. If anything, his style will only be strengthened with these new ideas and established content to play with.
- “Above and Below” Trailer March 19, 2016
Director: Nicolas Steiner
Synopsis: Five people around the country live within the fringes of civilization: eeking out a living in the flood channels beneath Vegas, a loner surviving out in the desert, and a secluded encampment for those hoping to be the first on Mars.
Notes: Absolutely hypnotizing. Not only in the visuals and imagery but in the ideologies of some of these people on camera. In an era where poverty inspires people to live underground and where scientific imaginations make others dream of intergalactic travel, this documentary arrived at just the right time, illuminating those [dare I say, “outcasts”] who live outside of our sights but still illustrate what makes the country powerful–dreamers, opportunity, and resilience.
- “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” Trailer March 16, 2016
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson
Synopsis: A boy discovers a secret home for children with special powers, but also learns of dark forces that may threaten these boys and girls, as well as himself.
Notes: I’ve never read Ransom Riggs’ novel of which this film is based on, but Tim Burton seems like the right director for this type of story. Throughout his career he’s meddled around with fantastical characters and settings surrounding unusual powers with unique styles of storytelling. The excitement here will be discovering whether he can blend his subtle coming-of-age childhood stories with the epic adventures, both of which he has accomplished one way or another in the past . . . the very distant past.
- “A Hologram for the King” Trailer March 12, 2016
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Tom Skerritt
Synopsis: A struggling American businessman must redeem himself by sealing a deal with a Saudi Arabian monarch, finding help from a taxi driver and a female doctor along the way.
Notes: My first impression is “wow, this is a poorly constructed trailer.” Then I have to remember that this film is helmed by director Tom Tykwer, my one hope that there is more to this project than conveyed here. Tom Tykwer has been an astounding innovator in story and style throughout most of his career, and I’m banking on his intuition to pull some punches in this movie. That said, I have no familiarity with the source material, written by Dave Eggers, and so my expectations are almost non-existent. Let’s just hope there is passion in here, either from the cast or creators, instead of this just falling flat as a quick paycheck.
- “Nina” trailer March 2, 2016
Director: Cynthia Mort
Starring: Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Mike Epps
Synopsis: A historical telling of the early jazz musician who rose to fame, pursued activism, and began a torrid marriage with her manager Clifton Hendersen.
Notes: If you happened to catch the recent Oscar-nominated documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? you will know how energized and harrowing Nina Simone’s life was. Not only did she contend with external conflicts such as racism and domestic abuse, but also her own mental illnesses. This biographical telling of her life is a perfect compliment to the documentary’s introduction into her life, allowing a talent like Zoe Saldana to explore those emotional fireworks that made the woman such an unforgettable icon.
- “The Green Room” Trailer February 2, 2016
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Mark Webber
Synopsis: When a group of punk rock fans stumble across a brutal crime, they are trapped by a gang of Neo-Nazis who don’t intend to let them leave alive.
Notes: Jeremy Saulnier became a well-regarded name after his crowd-funded feature film debut Blue Ruin stole lots of press and praise for its portrayal of amateur vengeance and gritty violence. It did so well for him that now he’s been given a talented cast and an even bloodier story with which to get his hands dirty. His tactic of taking average people and giving them everyday objects to defend themselves with is something he has done well with in the past, and it appears to be a very promising pursuit here too.
- “Cemetery of Splendour” Trailer January 25, 2016
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Starring: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram
Synopsis: As soldiers in the jungle fall victim to a sleeping sickness, volunteers and doctors shelter the victims and tend to their ailments as spirits, hallucinations, and long-lost secrets span reality and fantasy.
Notes: If you’re familiar with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work, then you’re already prepared for a slow-paced but atmospheric journey into surreal metaphors and themes. It will be exciting to see how he follows up his latest award-winning film “Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” another project which involved the symbolism of jungles and hauntingly imaginative spirits. This trailer gives us a taste of the fluid style he’s known for, and though there’s not a single spoken word of dialogue or human interaction, the imagery of people placed throughout nature and mechanical life support systems already evokes a sense of life and mortality.
- “Colonia” Trailer January 11, 2016
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Micheal Nyqvist
Synopsis: Based on true events during the Chilean military coup of 1973, Lena searches for her missing husband Daniel who has been sent to a restricted area controlled by Colonia Dignidad, a cult-like sect from where no one has escaped from.
Notes: Movies about cults have been taking off in the past few years, and for good reason. The ideology and drama behind manipulation and depravity offer a whole lot to be explored. Place this cult during national turmoil, throw in a love story for stakes, a pinch of period art direction, and we have an edge to all those others.
- “Viking” trailer January 9, 2016
Director: Andrey Kravchuk
Starring: Anton Adasinsky, Aleksandr Armer, Vilen Babichev
Synopsis: Kievan Rus, late 10th century. After the death of his father, the young Viking prince Vladimir of Novgorod is forced across the frozen sea to escape his murderous brother, only to seek vengeance and redemption after gathering forces of his own.
Notes: What’s the last great movie about Vikings you can remember? Yeah, I couldn’t think of many either. That’s one reason this looks so good. There is so much Viking mythology and lore that hasn’t even been touch. Factor in the impressive battle sequences, grisly kills, and artistic visuals at play in this trailer, and I think this this movie is going to create a place for itself in cinema.
- “The Clan” trailer December 14, 2015
Director: Pablo Trapero
Starring: Antonia Bengoechea, Gastón Cocchiarale, Guillermo Francella, Stefanía Koessl
Synopsis: Based on the true story of the Argentinian crime family known as the Puccio Clan who kidnapped and murdered numerous people.
Notes: We wrote an article about this film earlier this year. The movie itself made a huge impact on Argentina’s box office, breaking records. It went on to win the Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. There have been a number of true-life based kidnapping and murder films which center on seemingly normal families, such as The Snowtown Murders, and so it will be interesting to see how this film shows us something different.
- “Evolution” Trailer December 11, 2015
Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Starring: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Mathieu Goldfeld
Synopsis: On an island inhabited by only women and young boys, young Nicholas discovers a corpse in the sea and begins to question his world as well as the purpose behind mandatory hospitalization for he and the other boys.
Notes: Have you been aching for a visually and contextually experimental follow-up to Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin or Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color? I believe we have it here. Lucile Hadzihalilovic is a long-time collaborator with renown Gaspar Noé, whose own films have been just as surreal in technique as well as imagery.
- “In Jackson Heights” Trailer December 5, 2015
Director: Frederick Wiseman
Synopsis: In this Brooklyn community of over a hundred spoken languages and diverse cultures, normal people struggle with adapting to social change while retaining their own identity.
Notes: If you know anything about documentaries, you should be familiar with Frederick Wiseman. He’s had an extensive career of filmmaking, creating a name for himself by adopting the “fly-on-the-wall” technique and unveiling the intricacies and emotional weight of some of the world’s most fascinating institutions, such as welfare offices, museums, college universities, and most infamously the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater from “Titicut Follies.” Peering into the entire neighborhood of Jackson Heights is no doubt more ambitious than the isolated establishments or buildings of his previous works, and will likely allow a broader perspective on social classes and the American Dream.
- “Knight of Cups” Trailer November 25, 2015
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Teresa Palmer
Synopsis: Feeling imprisoned by the Hollywood system, a screenwriter in Los Angeles questions his environment and seeks stimulation in his dispair.
Notes: This is right up Malick’s alleyway. I can imagine no other filmmaker more qualified to question and comment on the “industry” of Hollywood. Despite Malick’s history with big-name actors and productions, his visions have always sought a more truthful meaning to life. The glamour and modern glitz of Los Angeles poses a brilliant location for Malick to dissect for an existential crisis so prominent in his characters.
- “Son of Saul” Trailer November 19, 2015
Director:: László Nemes
Synopsis: A prisoner in 1944’s Auschwitz concentration camp takes the risky challenge of salvaging a boy’s body from the crematorium with the intention of having it ceremoniously buried.
Notes: I just can’t hear enough about this movie. I’ve always been a huge fan of Béla Tarr’s work, and to hear that one if his protégé had made a film worthy of the Grand Prix at Cannes, I only wanted more. This trailer delivers that very harsh reality so often seen in Tarr’s work. Only the visuals here are more frenetic and grounded in the lonely individuality visible as our main character is mercilessly thrown around from one torment to another. I’m not surprised the trailer could pull off such an absorbing experience without the use of dialogue (another talent no doubt invigorated by Tarr), but I’m certainly eager to see how his style further compares/deviates from Tarr’s.
- “Moonwalkers” Trailer November 12, 2015
Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
Starring: Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Stephen Campbell Moore
Synopsis: A CIA agent and a rock manager must convince renown director Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon landing in a movie studio.
Notes: For a directorial debut, Bardou-Jacquet is certainly shooting for (wait for it) the moon. Conspiracy theories have been turned into movies before, but none have had the fluid satire or talented cast to make it as memorable a parade of absurdity as this appears to be. Overly silly, perhaps, but it’s insightful to contemplate how absurd reality could be.
- “Hidden” Trailer November 4, 2015
Director: Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (as Duffer Brothers)
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind, Heather Doerksen
Synopsis: A man, his wife, and his daughter have made themselves a home living in an underground fallout shelter for months to escape the apocalyptic horrors on the Earth’s surface, but now that terror has found them.
Notes: We’ve seen this before. A minimal-location post-apocalyptic horror film about a “monster/monsters” that survivors must now evade. But this trailer does a spectacular job of concealing what this evil presence is. Despite my own speculations, I’m wholly intrigued by the concept, the gritty art direction, and the emotions that could arise around a family building a makeshift life in such a doomed prison.
- “Anomalisa” Trailer November 2, 2015
Director: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York)
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan
Synopsis: A traveler settles down in a hotel only to encounter people and situations that inspire him and spark contemplation on the the human condition.
Notes: Charlie Kaufman is famous for his imaginative scripts, ranging form Being John Malkovich to Adaptation. He’s only conquered one directorial work, Synecdoche, New York, but it made an explosive reception with critics. This new project seems to only continue Kaufman’s unique touch of surreality, blending stop-motion, comedy, drama, and absurdity. Based on reviews and limited sneak peeks so far, this appears to be another completely original universe and an otherworldly experience that will surely keep it’s best secrets hidden until showtime.
- “Closer to the Moon” trailer October 29, 2015
Director: Nae Caranfil (Philanthropy, The Rest is Silence)
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Harry Lloyd
Synopsis: A band of infamous thieves are arrested and sentenced to execution in post-war Romania, but first must star in a propaganda film depicting their aforementioned bank heist.
Notes: The trailer just can’t justly depict the genre of film at play here. Somewhere within this tale of rebellion and clever deceit is a fluid blend of comedy and drama. The thrill here is being pulled into the idea, tempted with richly-developed characters, and left to wonder how the plot plays through.
- “The Daughter” Trailer October 27, 2015
Director: Simon Stone
Starring: Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill
Synopsis: When his father announces his upcoming wedding, Christian (Schneider) returns to his childhood home, only to encounter old friends and family who open old secrets that threaten the whole community.
Notes: I find it hypnotizing the way that this small logging town is captured. There’s a sense of foreboding gloom that it carries along with it and knowing that secrets are lying underneath only builds more atmosphere. Sam Neill and Geoffrey Rush are the two biggest names attached here, and it’s a downright pleasure to see them stretch their age-old acting abilities in a slow-burning community drama like this.
- “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” Trailer October 23, 2015
Director: Burr Steers (17 Again)
Synopsis: Inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novel, the tangled relationships of characters and classes from19th Century England must deal with an army of the undead.
Notes: After Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, literary genre-mashups became a whole new beat to contend with. While shows like The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead prove that there’s still a fanbase for zombies in media, this next step into absurdity has already proven successful on the bookshelves.
- “He Never Died” Trailer October 22, 2015
Director: Jason Krawczyk
Starring: Henry Rollins, Steven Ogg
Synopsis: Jack, a content recluse, is forced to confront the violent world outside his door when his daughter arrives on his doorstep, but he has a hidden past and a slew of hidden powers to aid him on his journey.
Notes: It’s been a long time since we had a “supernatural noire” . . . okay, I honestly can’t remember the last one, and I’m a sucker for blending together genres. This trailer just makes the film seem like so much fun. Even while bones are breaking and blood is spilling across the floor, Henry Rollin’s lean mean character is so fun to watch, especially after we learn his love for Bingo.
- “Hail, Caesar!” Trailer October 10, 2015
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen (Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, No Country for Old Men)
Starring: George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill
Synopsis: Working in the turmoil of 1950′s Hollywood’s, Eddie Mannix sets out to rescue a kidnapped film star with the help of actors and actresses, all while keeping things downwind from the press.
Notes: No need to express my excitement at another Coen Brothers project, but who can turn away from a comedy that exhibits their whimsical comedy so much enjoyed (and missed) from previous works. As far as combining slapstick and dry comedy, few have pulled it off with such success as Joel and Ethan. Include a lineup of zany set pieces from their ever-so-inspiring native film industry into the mix for additional creative potential.
- “Hardcore” Trailer October 6, 2015
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Starring: Haley Bennett, Sharlto Copley, Ilya Naishuller
Synopsis: Henry, gifted with cyborg abilities, must find and rescue his creator from a telekinetic overlord named AKAN and his army of mercenaries.
Notes: I’ll bet you’ve never heard of Ilya Naishuller before, but that’s alright. Neither have a lot of people. He’s actually the frontman for the band Biting Elbows that recently created two incredible POV music videos which went viral and inspired this feature film to be made via Indigogo. You can check out those gratuitous, action-packed videos HERE while waiting for this film’s release date.
- “The Big Short” Trailer October 6, 2015
Director: Adam McKay (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Karen Gillan, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
Synopsis: Based on the book by Michael Lewis, a group of outsiders make a fortune from the US economy’s 2005 meltdown.
Notes: 2011′s Margin Call was an Oscar-nominated film that also followed a group of men with insight into the upcoming economic crisis. Though both films take a meticulous look at the factors leading up to global financial devastation, director Adam McKay has had more work and experience to pull off a solidly structured film, despite most of his movies being wacky Will Farrell comedies. With this shining cast portraying a variety of characters, McKay’s direction should wield enough flexibility to make each one a unique, if not wacky, individual.
- “Dheepan” Trailer October 6, 2015
Director: Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone)
Starring: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers
Synopsis: Three strangers, fleeing from a war-torn country, must play themselves off as a family in order to escape their past and survive in a new city.
Notes: Winning the Palme D’Or will always put a spotlight on any film. Luckily, Jacques Audiard has already gained enough prestigious for audiences to be excited for his most recent work. His attention to characters and depth make it easier to anticipate such a film where three different people, coming from three different lives, could could present one surprise after another.
- “The Program” Trailer October 6, 2015
Director: Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen, Philomena)
Starring: Lee Pace, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons
Synopsis: Based on the book by David Walsh, a sports journalist searches for evidence that Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France successes are the result of banned substances.
Notes: Though I’m interested to see Stephen Frears take on this high-stress spotlit story, my main focus is Ben Foster–an actor I’ve been paying attention to through his supporting dramatic roles. This is one of those career-defining opportunities that could make or break anyone’s reputation, and I’m entirely invested in his performance so far.
- “Louder Than Bombs” Trailer October 6, 2015
Director: Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st, Reprise)
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Rachel Brosnahan, Amy Ryan
Synopsis: Dealing with the tragic death of their wife and mother, a father and his two troubled sons confront each other and the differing memories of her that they are haunted with.
Notes: Director Jaochim Trier’s most recent film from 2011 Oslo, August 31st was proof that Trier could take a minimal story of a man’s journey back across his old life and make it heart-breakingly mesmerizing. Now, to be given a trio of perspectives throughout Louder Than Bombs, it will be exciting to see how memories and beliefs clash with one another, all conveyed through a restrained, well-versed cast.
- “The Lobster” Trailer October 6, 2015
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps)
Starring: Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw
Synopsis: In a dystopian future, all single human beings are faced with matching up with another, within forty-five days, or being turned into an animal.
Notes: Most people would probably see this film as entirely different than Lanthimos’s previous two features, but the style is still his own unique dark brand of comedy amid a universe all to it’s own (the self-created isolation of Dogtooth’s family and the renewed world that a lost loved one brings after their “resurrection” in Alps). Accumulating such an impressive cast of professionals, as well as full-blown absurdity, this combination of style and story will certainly revitalize the genre and bring something new.
- “Demolition” Trailer October 6, 2015
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyer’s Club, Wild)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Heather Lind
Synopsis: After his wife is killed in a car crash, a successful businessman looks back on his marriage and begins a search for meaning with the help of unlikely strangers.
Notes: Vallée’s work has always exhibited a unique visual style which compliments thoughts and atmosphere. Due to this film’s emphasis on memory and regret, the mood is perfectly welcome, not just in the imagery but with the human emotion and subtle humor throughout.
- “The Danish Girl” Trailer October 6, 2015
Director: Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables)
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw
Synopsis: In 1920′s Copenhagen, artist Einar Wegener pursues his gender change from male to female with the support of his wife.
Notes: Tom Hooper’s experience with social revolutions and epic period pieces gets me excited to see the whole product here. We get a strong taste of the deep personal exploration, as well as a sense of tension knowing the obstacles yet to come.
- “The Wave” Trailer September 3, 2015
“The Wave” Trailer
Director: Roar Uthang (Cold Prey, Escape)
Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Fridtjov Såheim
Synopsis: Based on true events depicting the lead-up, devastation, and aftermath of a natural disaster in the Norwegian mountain pass of Åkneset.
Notes: What gives any film–particular disaster films–that extra punch is those extra details of life, relationships, and emotions that surround one event. The scope of this film perfectly encompasses the entire community that is affected, laying out a whole landscape to explore during the extent of this chaos.
- “All American High Revisited” Trailer September 2, 2015
“All American High Revisited” Trailer
Director: Keva Rosenfeld
Synopsis: As seen through the eyes of a visiting exchange student, 80′s teenage culture is captured throughout the halls of one Californian High School. Thirty years later, those teenagers come back to revisit the film as well as those glory days depicted.
Notes: Uncovering such a pure slice of past life is difficult enough, but to see it engrossed with such youthful energy and then to be reconnected with those subjects in their lives today is a rare treat (unless you’re willing to hunker down for the lengthy UP series on Netflix).
- “Carol” Trailer September 2, 2015
Director: Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, I’m Not There)
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara
Synopsis: A struggling department-store clerk falls for an older, married woman in 1950′s New York.
- “Youth” Trailer September 2, 2015
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano
Synopsis: Two elderly friends taking a vacation in the Alps–one a retired composer/conductor, the other a working film director–observe and endure the lives of their children and those around them.
- “MacBeth” Trailer September 2, 2015
Director: Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders)
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis
Synopsis: Macbeth, the Duke of Scotland, receives a prophecy from three witches, motivating him to kill his king and steal the thrown for himself.
Notes: The Shakespearean tale has been told numerous times, by giants such as Akira Kurosawa himself, but none have had the combined star power and visual mastery on display here. Fassbender’s talent and experience make him the perfect king to conquer this role.
- “Closet Monster” Trailer September 2, 2015
“Closet Monster” Trailer
Director: Stephen Dunn
Starring: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Isabella Rossellini
Synopsis: A coming-of-age drama about a creative and troubled teenager who uses his imagination to cope with the hardships in his life.
- “Life” Trailer September 2, 2015
Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Kingsley
Synopsis: A photographer from Life Magazine is assigned to follow James Dean and the two develop a unique friendship.
- “Goodnight Mommy” Trailer September 2, 2015
Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Starring: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz, Hans Escher
Synopsis: Two nine-year-old twin brothers have doubts about their mother after she returns home from cosmetic surgery, her face completely covered with bandages.
- “The Revenant” Trailer September 2, 2015
“The Revenant” Trailer
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
Synopsis: An injured trapper must survive through a
hostile environment, a brutal winter and warring American Indians to
finally take his revenge against the traitorous partner who
left him for dead.
- “Blood Cells” Trailer September 2, 2015
Director: Joseph Bull
Synopsis: A decade after a catastrophe destroyed his family and their farm,
momentous news from home compels an exiled young man to embark upon an
intense and surreal journey through the broken and beautiful margins of