Director: Peter Brunner
Writer: Peter Brunner
Stars: Caleb Landry Jones, Eleonore Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Christos Haas
Country/Language: Austria, USA/English
Notable Festivals: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Synopsis: Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out, Three Billboards) and Eleonore Hendricks star in Peter Brunner’s Psychological thriller. Set in New York, the film explores the dark mind of Norman (Jones), an installations artist, as he attempts to piece together his tormented past and the fire in which his parents died.
McKinnon and Hendricks give captivating supporting performances and Christos Haas is the best he’s ever been. The film is carried by Jones who perhaps gives the best acting performance of the year in this film.
‘To the Night’ ties together its dark protagonist with some of the most beautiful cinematography of the year in a film that will remain with you for days and weeks after viewing. Not since Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ has a film taken such risks to get into the head of its complex protagonist.
Peter Brunner, born in 1983, is a Vienna-based filmmaker and musician (Cardiochaos). The son of a psychoanalyst and a painting therapist is a former student of Michael Haneke at the Vienna Film Academy. His work includes short films and music videos as well as the feature “Sickness of the Youth”, which he directed together with fellow students and in which he played the leading role.
His feature film debut “My Blind Heart” premiered at Slamdance Film Festival and in the Tiger Competition at IFF Rotterdam 2014, and won several awards at international film festivals, including a nomination for the Golden Frog at Camerimage Film Festival. His sophomore feature “Those Who Fall Have Wings” was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015.