by Rick Alverson
1950s America. Since his mother was confined to an institution, Andy has lived in the shadow of his severe father. A family acquaintance, Dr. Wallace Fiennes, employs the young man as a photographer to document an asylum tour - advocating for the continued use of his controversial, possibly immoral, lobotomy procedure. When the two reach a California mountain village, a growing center of the New Age movement, they encounter a bizarre French healer who strangely requests the procedure for his own daughter, Susan.
Rick Alverson is a filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia. His feature film Entertainment premiered at Sundance then on to Locarno and and New Directors/New Films. His previous feature, The Comedy, also premiered at Sundance. In 2011, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has directed videos for Oneohtrix Point Never, Sharon Van Etten, Bonny "Prince" Billy, Benjamin Booker and Angel Olsen, among others. In addition to his directorial work he has released nine records on Jagjaguwar, most recently with his band Spokane in 2007.
2018 The Mountain
2012 The Comedy
2010 The Builder
Director: Rick Alverson
Writer: Rick Alverson, Dustin Guy Defa, Colm O’Leary
Director of Photography: Lorenzo Hagerman
Production Design: Jacquelin Abrahams
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Warn
Editor: Michael Taylor
Sound re-Recordist: Gene Park
Music Supervisor: Chris Swanson
Composer: Daniel Lopatin
Casting Director: Avy Kaufman
format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 108 min.
original languages English, French