I have to admit to being a little obsessed with this film. Since coming acrosss the first trailer over a year ago some of the images and the mood evoked by what I saw haven’t really left me and in a time when a dozen films and trailers come and go each week the fact that something stuck with me was welcome indeed.
Panos Cosmatos’ film was finished in 2010 and has played at a number of festivals and so far there’s no plans for a release over here in the UK although Magnet have secured the US rights to distribute the film, which can only be a good thing.
Set in 1983 the trailer introduces us to the Arboria Institute and a therapist with his patient. The slow drip of clues in the trailer suggest psychotherapy with dubious intent and an escape from the oppressive institute but there’s something powerful here, I’m not sure if it’s the thickly layered nostalgia evoked with a perfect emulation of a style previously regulated to the late night video-stores of the late 80s or the wonderfully surreal tone of the piece.
Of particaulr interest is the music from Jeremy Schmidt, Keybord payer for Black Mountain and he gave an illuminating interview with Spectacular Optical which is well worth a read.