Preview by: Jack Foley
THE new film from Dogme '95 duo, Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von
Trier, is among the movies receiving its world premiere at the
2005 Sundance Film Festival.
The film stars Jamie Bell as 18-year-old loner, Dick, who happens
upon a small handgun one day and finds himself strangely drawn
Christening the gun Wendy, Dick subsequently establishes a gang
of youthful misfits united in their love of guns and their code
of honor - which is never draw your weapon - only to find themselves
eventually confronted with having to break the rule.
The film marks Vinterberg's first return to Sundance since It's
All About Love in 2003, and has been written by Lars von Trier,
of Dogville fame.
It is described on the Sundance website
as 'a highly atmospheric love story between a boy and his gun'
that also serves as 'a riveting allegory about the corruptible
power of man's deadly invention'.
It is also said to rate among Vinterberg's most challenging works,
given its deft blend of biting commentary and cinematic reverie.
What's more, it's said to boast some stunning cinematography
inspired by Edward Curtis's controversial American Indian photographs.
The film co-stars the likes of Bill Pullman, Michael Angarano
and Chris Owen and is said to herald a major return to form for
Vinterberg and a strong contender for one of this year's festival
Intriguingly, on the film's website, Vinterberg admits that since
beginning work on the project, he has found himself faved with
a series of disturbing thoughts and emotions concerning the love
It remains to be seen whether audiences will find similar thoughts
being triggered within themselves.