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Double Feature: Rick Alverson

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Rick Alverson is one the most polarizing and distinct voices of American independent cinema. Somewhere between the outsiders of Kelly Reichardt’s early films and the quirky misfits the “mumblecore movement” has finely portrayed over the years, his characters are at once victims of a generational disenchantment and perpetuators of the American malaise that traps them. It might be challenging to like or even remotely empathise with them sometimes, but it is in their grotesque, even sadistic ways of interacting with the world, where Alverson’s critical vision of society resonates most vividly—and tragicomically.

The Comedy

Rick Alverson United States, 2012

Rick Alverson puts Adult Swim comedians Tim & Eric (and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy too!) through hell in this strange, slippery, deadpan anti-comedy. Immersed in irony and cynicism, The Comedy is a polarising, unsettling, even bleak glimpse at the disaffection of a generation of young men.

New Jerusalem

Rick Alverson United States, 2011

The subject of our next double bill is Rick Alverson, one of the most unique voices in American independent cinema. Will Oldham, star of Old Joy and one of the indie sphere’s most underrated leading men, shines as the cocky, wounded heart of this character study, which emerged at Rotterdam and SXSW.

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