Abe is a failure. He’s past 30, lives with his parents and is not exactly handsome.He’s socially incompetent and collects toys. He does paperwork at his father’s company. His brother being a successful doctor doesn’t exactly help. The encounter with just as weird Miranda, another black sheep wonderfully portrayed by Selma Blair, results in just the kind of tragicomic everyday surreal situations expected from Solondz, master of the uncomfortable laugh.

In Dark Horse his characters really lose the grip between the real and imagination, making this his most fantastic product to date. Solondz has won awards at over 20 festivals, Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto included, and received rave reviews from critics and audiences worldwide, especially for the masterpiece Happiness and the cult film Welcome to the Dollhouse. Dark Horse was Golden Lion-nominated in Venice and as Abe’s parents we see none other than Academy Award winning Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow (from Rosemary’s Baby and 13 Woody Allen films)!

Lars Diurlin

(The screening is co-presented by SF Home Entertainment)

Short film: Ersatz
How would you feel about being a replacement? A couple’s discussion about the word and about how it feels to be something “similar” becomes philosophical.
Directed by: Elodie Pong

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