Paul Dano impresses with his feature directorial debut, the increasingly acclaimed period drama Wildlife.
A new trailer has arrived for the great-looking film, which boasts strong performances from Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal and rapidly rising young Aussie actor Ed Oxenbould (The Visit, Better Watch Out). The film follows a married couple’s disillusionment in a small town in 1960s Montana, a lot of it from the viewpoint of their 14-year-old son.
The reviews have been praising Dano’s first directorial effort, an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. It appears that Dano, who also co-wrote the screenplay with girlfriend and actress Zoe Kazan, may have picked up a thing or two from working with directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Denis Villeneuve, and Steve McQueen.
Wildlife will open in the US on October 19 and arrives in Australia on November 1.
Official synopsis for Wildlife:
IFC Films presents WILDLIFE, the directorial debut of Paul Dano (THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), co-written along with Zoe Kazan (THE BIG SICK). Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford’s novel of the same name, Carey Mulligan (MUDBOUND, AN EDUCATION) delivers one of her finest performances to date as Jeanette, a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. Fourteen-year-old Joe played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould, is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal)—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, WILDLIFE commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and will also screened as the opening night film in La Semaine de la Critique at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. WILDLIFE will be released by IFC Films on October 19, 2018.