PFF SpringFest: DOWN WITH THE KING
DIEGO ONGARO | USA | 2021 | 100 MIN | ENGLISH
The picturesque landscapes and tranquil, sparse sounds of rural Massachusetts are a far cry from the city that never sleeps, but that’s exactly what celebrated rap star Mercury Maxwell (Freddie Gibbs) is looking for in Diego Ongaro’s meditative tale. Pressure to release a new album has left a frustrated Merc seeking anonymity and inspiration from the local livestock farmers and mom-and-pop shops (though it’s hard to miss the star decked out in his streetwear and big fur coat). As Merc settles into his new life away from the spotlight, the tender relationships he builds with the locals become threatened when minor confrontations expose the fragile nature of his outsiderness. Gibbs shines in a film that smartly goes against expectations while imbuing a sense of authenticity with the rapper’s real world experience seeping into every frame.
Cast: Freddie Gibbs, Jamie Neumann, David Krumholtz, Sharon Washington
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May 13 – 15 at the Philadelphia Film Center
With PFF SpringFest, the Philadelphia Film Society presents a mid-year survey of the freshest cinematic marvels from the international festival circuit–from American indie darlings and eye-opening documentaries to acclaimed foreign titles.
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