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Dark Horse

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Section 49 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes
Country Estados Unidos
Year 2011
Color / B&W Color
Running time 85 min
Original language Inglés
Director Todd Solondz
Screenplay Todd Solondz
Film Editing Kevin Messman
Photography Andrij Parekh
Music Michael Hill
Art direction Dawn Masi
Costume Kurt & Bart
Production Ted Hope, Derrick Tseng
Production design Alex DiGerlando
Cast Justin Bartha (Richard), Selma Blair (Miranda), Mia Farrow (Phyllis), Jordan Gelber (Abe), Donna Murphy (Marie), Christopher Walken (Jackie), Zachary Booth (Justin), Aasif Mandvi (Mahmoud)
Producer Double Hope Films
Distribution Company Goldcrest Films
Synopsis Thirty-year-old Abe still lives with his parents and spends most of his time alone cultivating his passion for collecting toy figures. He works at his father’s company, enjoys the tender loving care of his extremely considerate mother and has a brother (a doctor) to whom he is not that close. He meets seemingly depressed Miranda at a wedding and immediately proposes marriage. Although she initially does not seem too amused with the idea, she ends up accepting Abe, even though things happen not to be as ideal as he had imagined. On the one hand, he must first battle it out with Mahmoud, Miranda’s ex-boyfriend, with whom she still maintains a cordial relationship although Abe doesn't particularly think well of him. On the other hand, his relationship with his father, his employer, suddenly begins to worsen due to their continuous arguments.
Director bio At one point, Todd Solondz (b. 1959) considered the possibility of becoming a rabbi, but then opted for screenwriting. He wrote several scripts while working as a delivery guy for the Writers' Guild of America. Solondz got a postgraduate degree in English from Yale and alto took Fine Arts classes in film and television at New York University, but didn't get a diploma. In the early nineties he taught English to just-arrived Russian immigrants, an experience he described as very rewarding (and yet one of the characters in his film Happiness is traumatized by a similar experience...). He first became widely known with the best film award at Sundance in 1996 for his film Welcome to the Dollhouse, a reputation consolidated by the critics' award for Happiness at Cannes in 1998. Solondz had a retrospective series at the Gijón Film Festival in 2005, coinciding with the publication of a book on his cinema, edited by Jordi Costa. At the present time, Todd Solondz is assistant professor at New York University's School of the Arts, where he teaches film direction and screenwriting.