Robert is a young American student at an elite East Coast preparatory school who accidentally captures on camera the tragic death of two classmates. Their lives become memorialized as part of an audio-visual assignment designed to speed up the campus-wide healing process. But the video memorial assignment results in an atmosphere of paranoia and unease among students and teachers. —IMDb
Antonio Campos wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature film Afterschool, which premiered at Cannes in 2008 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. That same year, Variety named Campos as one of “10 Directors to Watch at Sundance.” He produced Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Fox Searchlight. A cofounder of Borderline Films with Sean Durkin and Josh Mond, Campos has also produced and directed several award-winning shorts. –Sundance
surgical. nasty. brutal. subtle. unsettling. nightmarish. cold. neat. quietly erotic. this is the story of a disturbed teenage boy who accidentally records footage of twin 16-year-old girls overdosing in the middle of an unfriendly boarding school, and one of my favourite films of all time. hyper-real and claustrophobic, you can feel our anti-hero begin to crack as the micro-society he lives in descends into grief.
Surgically observed (think Kubrick via Haneke) debut feature from Antonio Campos probing the disaffection of a generation weaned on the internet and medications. Oddly composed static shots instill an unnerving and voyeuristic tone that lingers with the viewer. Uncommonly naturalistic performances by Ezra Miller and Addison Timlin lend a humanism to a sterile by design scenario. Quietly effective and highly recommended as an alternative to Miller's inferior performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin...
“The most divisive dramatic competition entry yet to screen at Sundance.”
Entries on some of the noisier openings of the week - Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man, Ricky Gervais's The Invention of Lying, Zombieland
Afterschool opens in U.S. theatres October 2.
Since we have already talked about films in the New York Film Festival in terms of space and in terms of digital aesthetics, perhaps we should
Este filme conta-nos o impacto e os dilemas de alguns dos alunos de uma escola onde se abateu uma tragédia que viria a deixar marcas em todos. Lida igualmente com o que acarreta ser popular e dar-se… read review