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Director Rick Alverson’s The Mountain premiered in the 2018 Venice International Film Festival’s Venezia 75 competition. It is Alverson’s third consecutive feature to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

The year is 1953. Andy, a young, introverted teenager, works as a Zamboni driver at an ice rink where his father is a flamboyant skating instructor. Andy’s mother is institutionalized. When Andy meets Dr. Wallace Fiennes, a famous lobotomist now in the sad decline of his career, the shy young man joins the doctor on a tour of rural mental hospitals. As Fiennes desperately evangelizes for the lobotomy procedure to drum up business, Andy becomes infatuated with a patient and her father and immerses himself in the surreal, burgeoning New Age movement of the American West.

Alverson, known for his grim, hypnotic body of work, has crafted another cryptic odyssey through the backroads of America. Pushing his peculiar vision to new heights of design, sound, and story, he captures another standout performance from Tye Sheridan while mixing things up with new players like Jeff Goldblum, Denis Lavant, and Udo Kier.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Spotlight


RUN TIME 109 min

LANGUAGE English and French

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

EMAIL ryan.zacarias@gmail.com

PHONE (323) 497-4614


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Artist Bio

Rick Alverson

Rick Alverson (born June 25, 1971, in Spokane, Washington) is an American filmmaker and musician living in Richmond, Virginia. His feature films include The Mountain (2018), Entertainment (2015), and The Comedy (2012). His work has screened at numerous festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Festival del film Locarno, New Directors/New Films, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and BAFICI. He has directed videos for Oneohtrix Point Never, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olson, among others.