- Film Festival
Come meet Artistic Director Michael Lerman as he shares his recommendations for the upcoming 21st Annual Philadelphia Film Festival AND see a fantastic film that we wanted to show in the festival, but it will unfortunately hit theaters beforehand: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS!
After surprising audiences with his sharply witty hitmen-on-holiday caper In Bruges, writer-director Martin McDonagh blurs the lines between fiction and metafiction with his follow-up SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, playing with pop-cinema conventions to offer a wryly wacky commentary on psycho-killer thrillers, from Badlands to Natural Born Killers.
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS is about Seven Psychopaths, which may just be the greatest film project that Hollywood has ever seen — but only if struggling screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell, In Bruges) can find inspiration. With only one psychopath in his script so far, Marty is wrestling with how to transform this tale into a morality play about love and world peace. To the rescue comes Marty’s best friend, Billy (Sam Rockwell, Moon), an unemployed actor who wants to help him finish Seven Psychopaths by any means necessary. On the side, Billy and his partner Hans (Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter) have a dognapping scheme that keeps him flush when the acting gigs dry up. But when the two unwittingly steal the beloved Shih Tzu of a violent and unstable gangster (Woody Harrelson, 18 1/2 Philadelphia Film Festival Centerpiece Screening The Messenger), Marty suddenly has more inspiration than he knows what to do with — particularly when a pair of serial-killing lovebirds who prey on other serial killers, a devoted Quaker with a straight razor, and a Viet Cong killer with a vendetta against America get tossed into the mix. As the canvas gets ever more crowded and the carnage mounts, will Marty be able to survive long enough to complete the greatest work of his career?
Also featuring a great supporting turns from Gabourey Sidibe (18 1/2 Philadelphia Film Festival Closing Night Film, Precious), Abbie Cornish (Bright Star), Olga Kurylenko (Quantam of Solace), and the legendary Tom Waits (Coffee and Cigarettes), SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS evokes Altman’s portrayal of Los Angeles in Short Cuts — here with guns a-blazin’ and blood-splatter dripping down the screen.