New films with Kristen Stewart, MIchael Fassbender, Nick Cave and more
Premiere Date and Time: January 17, 9:45pm
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy
Lowdown: Irish director Abrahamson has been one of European cinema's best-kept secrets for a few years now -- check out "What Richard Did," one of 2013's most sorely under-exposed great films -- but he's due an international festival breakout. This could be it, but it's a significant change of pace for him: a highly eccentric-sounding comedy in which Michael Fassbender plays the mysterious frontman of a rock band, into which a naive aspiring musician (the excellent up-and-comer Gleeson) becomes enfolded. It's certainly a strange star vehicle for Fassbender, who wears a giant papier-mache head throughout the film -- bad news for besotted Fass-fans, then, but he's said to have thrown himself into the atypical comic part with gusto.
- Guy Lodge