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Dark Night Tim Sutton

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One languid day in an American suburb, a fluid camera gently, but nervously, observes the ordinary activities of ordinary people. Inevitably, Gus Van Sant’s Elephant comes to mind when we watch this new film by Tim Sutton (Memphis, RIDM 2014). Haunted by the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre massacre in 2012, Dark Night opts for the suggestive over the overt. It spins a waking nightmare and transfigures the banality of reality through an uncanny sense of composition paired with the melancholy singing of Montrealer Maica Armata. Extending an approach that challenges the boundaries between documentary and fiction, Sutton has created a hypnotic elegy for a country that has lost its way, in which the slightest off-mike sound could signal death, and the streets could become killing grounds. 

Dark Night

  • Country : United States
  • Year : 2016
  • V.O : English
  • Duration : 85 MIN
  • Cinematography : Helene Louvart
  • Editing : Jeanne Applegate
  • Production : Alexandra Byer
  • Writer : Tim Sutton
  • Sound Design : Eli Cohn
Filmography of Tim Sutton :

PAVILION, 2012
MEMPHIS, 2014
DARK NIGHT, 2016

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