MIFF 2016 Closing Night Gala – Hell or High Water, 13 août 2016 19:00, Comedy Theatre
Kiss MIFF 2016 goodbye with the Gala Closing Night screening and extremely high spirited afterparty. Ticket price includes screening and afterparty at Forum Theatre, with beverages and canapes.
“Anti-glam pseudo-gangster crime film with a western vibe, HELL OR HIGH WATER has it all. Sarcastic and pleasingly wild, [it] gives the well-trodden genre of heist flicks a surprising social dimension.” – The Upcoming
British director David Mackenzie follows his hugely popular STARRED UP (MIFF 2014) with a bracingly smart and darkly funny foray into classic Americana, featuring a score by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis! Working from a searing, always quotable screenplay by SICARIO scribe Taylor Sheridan, he introduces us to outlaw brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) – in their criminality, a conscientious amateur and unrepentant semi-pro, respectively – as they embark on a spree of bank robberies, chased by racially insensitive Texas ranger Marcus (Jeff Bridges) and his Comanche-Mexican deputy Alberto (Gil Birmingham).
That deceptively familiar set-up is twisted into a gripping caper with a social conscience and a wittily satirical bent, and something both serious and sad to say about contemporary profit-before-people politics. As intelligent as it is violent, and carried by a first-class ensemble, Hell or High Water is the 21st-century Robin Hood story we’ve been waiting for.
“A thrillingly good movie: a crackerjack drama of crime, fear, and brotherly love set in a sun-roasted, deceptively sleepy West Texas that feels completely exotic for being so authentic.” – Variety
Please note: There is also an Open Captioned screening of this film.