borgman poster art

We’ve loved the direction that Drafthouse Films has taken in bringing the film Borgman to audiences. The trailer was terrific, and the key poster art is also great. The poster gets right to some of the important ideas in the film in a way that is enticing and mysterious without being blatantly overt. A conversation with Drafthouse led to the idea of doing a breakdown of the design process for that key art, which was created by artist Brandon Schaefer.

Initially we were going to set up an interview with Schaefer. Before that happened, however, he wrote up a description of his own design process. And, frankly, it is a lot better than any interview might have been. So what follows is essentially a guest post by Schaefer, in which he gives a full account of the process of creating the Borgman poster art. Read More »

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Borgman first five minutes

Borgman is a strange and unsettling film that is absolutely worth watching, and now you can see the opening sequence for free. Drafthouse Films has dropped the first five minutes of the movie online in advance of the film’s NYC opening tomorrow. If you’re the sort that will be drawn in by situations that are odd, and tantalizingly unexplained, then what follows after the jump is five of the best minutes you’ll have today. Read More »

Borgman trailer

There are some wizards cutting trailers for Drafthouse Films, and this new Borgman trailer is quite good, and very chilling. The film is something of an enigma: a man fleeing a strange persecution turns up on the doorstep of a bourgeois family, and soon ingratiates himself into the family’s life, if not without a few difficulties along the way.

The story that follows is like the bastard child of Luis Buñuel and Michael Haneke, with the influence of Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos — an unusual, unsettling, and violent demolition of accepted social politics. This trailer captures the film’s spirit; watch below.  Read More »

Alamo Drafthouse Takes Fantastic Fest 2013 On Tour

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The Alamo Drafthouse have announced they will be taking Austin’s Fantastic Fest on tour, showing movies from the festival at all Alamo Drafthouse markets over three weekends in November. Films include Big Bad Wolves, Borgman, Cheap Thrills, Confession of Murder, The Congress, Grand Piano, Journey to the West: Conquering The Demons, and Why Don’t You Play In Hell. Tickets are now available on the Alamo website. After the jump you can learn more and read the press release announcement.
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One of the best film events of the year is Fantastic Fest, which takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. The first wave of the 2013 fest has been announced, and it has some great stuff. There’s Keanu Reeves, who’ll appear with his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi (trailer); the Cannes weirdness of Borgman (trailer); the excellent SXSW thriller Cheap Thrills; and the restored Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.

The full list of first wave titles is below. Read More »

CANNES-BORGMAN

Almost every year at Cannes, there’s a film that gets attention for pure WTF-ness. This year it could have been Ari Folman’s The Congress, but by the time everything is said and done it may actually be Borgman. The Dutch film has some of the same tone seen in other notable Cannes entries such as Dogtooth, Sightseers, Holy Motors, and several films from Michael Haneke — it’s a modern film that takes place in a recognizable, seemingly “normal” world. And yet there’s something very off in the air.

Alex van Warmerdam directs Jan Bijvoet as a homeless man who makes a simple request of a bourgeois family, leading the husband (Jeroen Perceval) to reject him even as his wife (Hadewych Minis) is more supportive. The man works his way into the family’s life, and then things get weird.

Here’s a trailer for the film that shows some (but by no means all) of the quiet beginning, and quickly escalates into stuff that, let’s just say, you probably wouldn’t want happening in your own house. Read More »

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