For the third year in a row, one of Kat’s films will be featured at Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF for short. Daydream Nation will have its world premiere at this year’s festival, according to the official website’s recent press releases. I can’t wait to see what reviewers say of the film, and how big a distribution it will have after this. :)
Watch the trailer here, since it won’t embed.
Here’s what they write about Daydream Nation:
Only sixteen years old, Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) is facing a teenager’s nightmare: her widowed father has moved from the city to a tiny, nowhere town where the major tourist attraction is an industrial fire that seems destined to burn forever and everyone under the age of nineteen is permanently stoned. Concocting new ways of getting high is a major hobby for most of Caroline’s classmates, including the lovelorn Thurston (Reece Thompson), who falls for Caroline the minute he lays eyes on her. And then there’s the minor inconvenience of a killer running around the neighborhood. What’s a girl to do but start an affair with the most available teacher at school?
Visually arresting, slyly funny and boasting its share of chills, Daydream Nation is a smart debut from Mike Goldbach (who co-wrote Childstar). An astute account of adolescent confusion and angst, the film exposes the wide rift between the adult and the adolescent worlds. No parent really knows how out of control their children are, but the adults in this world don’t seem to possess more maturity than their juniors.
Daydream Nation is driven by a stellar performance by Dennings as a girl who’s too smart to get sucked into teenaged melodrama, but only has a tenuous hold on her temper. The film is propelled by Caroline’s voice-over, a potent mix of sarcasm, naïveté and confusion. Dennings is supported by a magnificent cast which includes Andie MacDowell as Thurston’s overwhelmed but sharp single mother.
Goldbach subtly and effectively overlays genres here; initially, the film is an exposé of adolescent life, using suspense elements to invest the characters’ dilemmas with gravitas. The principal characters may be young, but their decisions are fateful. Daydream Nation announces the presence of a skilful new voice on the Canadian film scene.
Sources: here, here & here.