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Velvet Buzzsaw


In the cutthroat world of fine-art trading and representation, up-and-coming agent Josephina (Zawe Ashton) stumbles across a secret weapon: hundreds of dazzling paintings left behind after an elderly tenant in her building dies. Ignoring the instructions the clandestine artist left to destroy his work, she promptly starts circulating the paintings, which soon attract the attention of the heavy hitters around her—including her boss Rhodora (Rene Russo), art critic (and Josephina’s sometime lover) Morf (Jake Gyllenhaal), and competing collectors, managers, and curators like Bryson (Billy Magnussen) and Gretchen (Toni Collette). Yet as the deceased artist’s portraits gain posthumous acclaim, they also awaken something imperceptible and sinister that threatens to punish those who have profited from his work.

Master of suspense Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) has assembled an all-star cast for this dark, uproarious, and painfully accurate spoof of the art world. With strong supporting turns by John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, and Natalia Dyer, Velvet Buzzsaw invites us into a traditionally insular world that’s suddenly splattered wide open, where art and commerce collide with dire consequences.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Premieres


RUN TIME 109 min


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Dan Gilroy

Dan Gilroy made his feature directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Nightcrawler, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. His second film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., earned Denzel Washington an Academy Award nomination for best actor. Velvet Buzzsaw marks Gilroy’s third time directing his own original screenplay while also reuniting him with Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.