The more I think back to David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche," which I saw at the Sundance Film Festival where it made its world premiere, the more charmed I am by its unexpected charisma, its personal flourishes and its central performances. It popped up as one of our under-the-radar films for the summer movie season, and indeed, when it hits theaters in August, it will be a nice change of pace for those looking for as much after the blockbusters have had their way.
Green told me back in January that the film was "a dialogue between me and me in terms of these two characters and that kind of surreal emotional journey…There's a romanticized version of adulthood and then the frustrations of youth and how they connect to each other over this series of days." He picked up the Best Director prize at the Berlin Film Festival in February and could find himself in the thick of the independent film awards circuit by year's end.
Magnolia Pictures has released a full trailer for the film, which you can check out above. The note about Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo's original music reminds me, though, any chance the Academy's music branch could see past the usual favorites for a change this year? This film has wonderful music, Wingo cooked up a fantastic score for "Mud," Daniel Hart's work on "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" is positively breathtaking, etc. There's a whole crop of new film composing talent and it's a shame the Academy rarely seems to take note.
"Prince Avalanche" hits theaters and VOD on August 9.