added: Mon, Jan 9th '17
Said to inspired by the 2012 Aurora movie theater massacre, "Dark Night" is a provocative new indie film that tracks the hours leading up to a fictional mass shooting at a suburban mall in small-town America. Set over the course of a day, the unsettling drama follows the lives of six young strangers who wind up intersecting on one fateful night.
Featuring a cast of mostly non-professional actors, "Dark Night" hails from writer-director Tim Sutton, who is known for his Gus Van Sant-esque slice-of-life features, 2014's "Memphis" and 2012's "Pavilion."
The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where was acquired by arthouse distributor Cinelicious Pics. It's now scheduled to open in New York on February 3rd with other cities to follow. Watch the trailer, above.
A haunting, artfully understated critique of American gun culture, Tim Sutton's third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Employing a mesmerizing documentary-style technique and a cast of non-professional actors, DARK NIGHT follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, the shooter among them.
Shot in Sarasota, Florida and lensed by veteran French DP Helene Louvart (PINA, THE BEACHES OF AGNES), the dream-like visuals articulate both Sutton's carefully crafted landscapes and the characters' sense of alienation and suburban malaise. Winner of the Lanterna Magica Award at the Venice Film Festival following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, DARK NIGHT is essential viewing, not only for art-house filmgoers, but for anyone invested in the debate over gun violence in America as well.
directed by Tim Sutton
starring Robert Jumper, Anna Rose Hopkins, Karina Macias
release date February 3, 2017 (NY; other cities to follow)