Sundance film festival is the household name for exhibition and commercialization of independent cinema of American and International origins for decades. Filmmakers have always found commercial distribution for their films here. Therefore, there have always been admiration for unique and intriguing content. ‘ Swiss Army Man ‘ was an exception. People walked out half way of the screening. Why? Let’s explore!
The production company A24 is widely known for advocating films of different kind. Ex Machina(2015), which won the academy for best visual effects beating Star Wars: Force Awakens, The Rover (2014) are few examples of their philosophy of filmmaking. Swiss Army Man is a perfect exemplification of their beliefs.
Why the title Swiss Army Man?
Paul Dano is deserted on an island and stranded without help for years. Eventually, he decides to commit suicide. From nowhere, he finds a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame). Intriguingly, the corpse farts and turns out be savior of kind, which develops multi purpose abilities over the period, which help Paul Dano escape, and bring back the memories of his girlfriend. Therefore, the title Swiss Army Man.
The filmmakers Daniels aka Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) who made the debut at Sundance this year (2016), from the music video fraternity, won directing award in the dramatic category for making weirdly unique, awkward film that explores the human emotions embarrassingly. I hope, it would suffice for you to get an idea why did viewers walked out half way of the screening, without me divulging into details, which act as spoilers.
Swiss Army Man is not an independent film, but marks the birth of all new filmmaking approach ‘ indifferent cinema’. It opens in theatres on 17th June’16
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
Swiss Army Man creates a world like no other—a place of pure fantastical imagination, brimming with magical realism yet featuring two characters whose dreams and fears are entirely relatable. Dano and Radcliffe both fully commit to their directors’ audacious vision, and their work is exceptional, finding the perfect balance of humor and heart that drives the whole film. A celebration of all the wonders cinema has to offer, Swiss Army Man is ultimately all the more remarkable for using its dazzling originality to tell a universal story of human complexity and connection.
tag: Swiss Army Man, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Daniels, Indifferent Cinema, Independent Cinema
Authored by: BT, Film Theorist