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Quentin Dupieux‘s 2010 film Rubber starts off with a monologue explaining that many things in the world, or more specifically in the world of movies, happen for no reason. His follow-up feature Wrong, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is 90 minutes proving that statement. The film is non-stop ‘no reason.’

Jesus Organic Pizza, fecal matter memories, indoor rain and transforming palm trees are just some of the madness that occurs around the simple story of a man who loses his dog. But as Wrong gets weirder and weirder scene by scene, you’ll find yourself chuckling at the absurdity of it and eventually flat-out falling in love with the film and its mad-cap characters. Read More »

By now many of you have had ample opportunity to check out Rubber, the movie from Quentin Dupieux that hit last year. Yeah, the one about the sentient tire that develops psychic powers and uses them to blow the heads off animals and people. I liked Rubber a lot — thought it was funny and entertaining in a simple, almost too-self aware way — and have been looking forward to his next movie.

Dupieux has been at work on a relatively secretive follow-up, called Wrong. The movie is in the Sundance 2012 lineup, as announced not long ago, competing in the World Cinema program. To go along with that formal announcement, here’s the teaser trailer for Wrong.

I’ll be honest: just going off this footage I have no idea what the hell is going on in this movie. But it has William Fichtner sporting facial scars and something like a rattail; Steve Little (Eastbound and Down) looking like a perfectly slouchy detective, and Jack Plotnick, the Accountant from Rubber, in perhaps a central role. Check it out below. Read More »

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Yep, a killer tire. Yes, it seems like a joke, but is not. Rubber is a film written, shot and directed by Quentin Dupieux, and it will play as a special screening in the International Critic’s Week competition (La Semaine de la Critique) at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival later this month. Want to know more? How could you not? Actual footage after the break. Read More »

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