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About

YEAR 2014

SECTION NEXT

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 98 min

An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.

Park City may not be ready for it, but writer/director Rick Alverson (The Comedy) returns with this nightmarish account of a traveling entertainer lost on the brink. In Alverson's immaculately bleak portrait, Gregg Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. —C.R.

EMAIL george@gmrush.com

Credits

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Music Supervisor

Artist Bio

Rick Alverson is a filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia. His dramatic feature The Comedy (2012) premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. His first film, The Builder (2010), was produced and distributed by the renowned independent record label Jagjaguwar. New Jerusalem (2011), his second feature, premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in Austin in 2011. In addition to his directorial work, Alverson has released nine records on Jagjaguwar.