USA, 2017 (MIFF 2017, Headliners)
Director: Josh and Benny Safdie
Robert Pattinson electrifies in this pulse-quickening heist thriller from American indie stars Josh and Benny Safdie, one of the most buzzed-about hits at this year's Cannes festival.
White-hot directors Josh and Benny Safdie (Heaven Knows What, MIFF 2015) return to the festival with a distinctly American genre outing, headlined by a never-better Robert Pattinson as a low-rent bank robber plunged into a dizzying, labyrinthine odyssey through the New York City underworld.
With evocative cinematography from Sean Price Williams (Kate Plays Christine, MIFF 2016; Queen of Earth, MIFF 2015) and a jittery, Tangerine Dream-like electronic score by Oneohtrix Point Never, the Safdies' latest is a thrilling, dazzlingly crafted descent into violence that recalls less the retro fetishism of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive than the heady realism of '70s crime joints such as Mean Streets and Dog Day Afternoon.
'With Robert Pattinson giving a raw performance full of gutter urgency, this powerfully immersive thriller from directors Josh and Benny Safdie crackles with unpredictability.' – Screen Daily