Employing a mesmerizing documentary-style technique and a cast of non-professional actors, the third feature from Tim Sutton (MEMPHIS) follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, a serial-killer-in-waiting among them. Loosely based on the massacre in Aurora, CO but shot in Sarasota, FL and lensed by veteran French DP Hélène 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 film goers, but for anyone invested in the debate over gun violence in America as well.
“DARK NIGHT is rife for conversation, even as its oddly hypnotic, even soothing lazy-summer fragments resist easy analysis. It’s a mysterious elegy of a film, pregnant with both the beauty of the everyday and the menace of impending violence.” —A.A. Dowd, Onion AV Club “A suburban symphony, at once menacing and dreamlike, on the theme of alienation...Sutton’s vision is unsettling and immersive, his technical precision immaculate. The sound design alone—long, ambient silences disrupted by a flashbulb-popping hallucination or a sudden scream—is reason enough to see the movie in a theater.” —Justin Chang, LA Weekly
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