Spanish visual artist Pascual Sisto, named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch” in 2021, makes his feature debut with meticulously crafted psychological coming-of-age thriller JOHN AND THE HOLE. Adapted from his short story “El Pozo,” OscarⓇ-winning writer Nicolás Giacobone artfully explores the difficult passage from childhood freedom to adult responsibility for 13-year-old John (Charlie Shotwell). Drawing comparisons to the works of Yorgos Lanthimos and Michael Haneke, and tinged with the dark humor of Ruben Östlund, JOHN AND THE HOLE was announced as part of the Official Selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, ultimately premiering in the U.S. Dramatic Competition of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Films will release JOHN AND THE HOLE on Friday, August, 6, 2021 in select theaters everywhere films are rented.
SYNOPSIS – In this enigmatic and unsettling meditation on adolescent angst, 13-year-old John (Charlie Shotwell) discovers an unfinished bunker while exploring the neighboring woods—a deep hole in the ground. Seemingly without provocation, he drugs his affluent parents (Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Ehle) and older sister (Taissa Farmiga), holding them captive within the bunker. As they anxiously wait for John to free them from the hole, the boy returns home, where he can finally enjoy and explore a newfound independence.
“Remarkable new talent Pascual Sisto’s feature debut offers an unsettling look at a kid with something missing where his conscience should be… Like Dogtooth or Benny’s Video, it works as a kind of suburban surrealism… With any luck, the film will put both Shotwell and Sisto on the map.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety
“Sisto has an arresting visual style, a firm command of tone and an impressive ability to steer his fine cast onto the same rigorous wavelength, all of which makes him a talent to watch… Shotwell is just astonishing.”
– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
DIRECTED BY Pascual Sisto One of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch”
WRITTEN BY Nicolás Giacobone OscarⓇ-winning co-writer of BIRDMAN Co-writer of BIUTIFUL
STARRING Charlie Shotwell (THE NEST), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Ehle (SAINT MAUD) and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story)
RELEASE DATE – Friday, August 6, 2021 (In Select Theatres and Everywhere Films Are Rented)
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