Sequoia 2 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 6:30 PM
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Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Special Event
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:123 min.
Director:Karyn Kusama
Producer:Phil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Screenwriter:Fred Berger
Phil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Cinematographer:Julie Kirkwood
Editor:Plummy Tucker
Cast:Nicole Kidman
Sebastian Stan
Bradley Whitford
Toby Kebbell
Tatiana Maslany
Print Source:Annapurna Pictures
Note Writer:Zoë Elton


SPOTLIGHT ON KARYN KUSAMA: Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman are a match made in cinema heaven: Where Kusama ups the ante on genre, Kidman matches her by delivering one of her most extraordinary, transformative performances to date. Director Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation) has a knack for looking genre in the eye and twisting it so we will never quite see it in the same way. In Destroyer, it’s the LA noir cop thriller. And it’s Erin Bell (Kidman) who breaks the mold of our expectations. When we first see Bell, she is gaunt, haggard, haunted. She is at a murder scene that recalls the past, when she and her then-partner Chris (Sebastian Stan, I, Tonya, MVFF 2017) had worked underground amongst a ring of young, violent criminals that ended badly, leaving her scarred and traumatized. In a plot that plays with time and memory, Bell is forced to confront the personal and professional demons that destroyed her past while struggling to, perhaps, right some wrongs.

Expected Guest: Director Karyn Kusama; Writers Matt Manfredi & Phil Hay (Oct. 10)

Additional Information

Director, writer, producer Karyn Kusama has steadfastly built a compelling career of remarkable films since she burst on to the festival scene with Girlfight in 2000, taking both the Director’s Prize and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Prix de la jeunesse at Cannes. Since her breakout, she has gone on to explore rich genre territory in sci-fi (Æon Flux) and horror (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation) and helm many episodes of popular television series (Halt and Catch Fire, Casual, Billions, The L Word). Her new film Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, is already setting the festival circuit abuzz.