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“Buster’s Mal Heart”: Tiff
The newly released trailer for Sarah Adina Smith’s “Buster’s Mal Heart” goes to some heady and heavy places, but the spot kicks off with a hilarious interaction between a man and his boss. “Jonah, I need to see you in my office,” the boss demands. And the not-so-dutiful employee’s response? “In a minute,” Jonah says, continuing to eat his burger in no particular rush.
But “Buster’s Mal Heart” isn’t just a quirky comedy — it’s also a surreal thriller. According to its official synopsis, “the film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He’s haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea only to discover that the dream is real: He is one man in two bodies.”
“Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek plays both men — one known as Buster, the other as Jonah. We’re introduced to both characters in the trailer, the former a husband and father, the latter an isolated fugitive who resembles Tom Hanks in “Castaway.”
Smith described the film to Women and Hollywood as “the story of a man split in two. Each side demands a conversation with the unnameable forces of the Universe. I like to think of it as a comedy,” she explained, “because there’s nothing more absurd than screaming into the void!”
“Buster’s Mal Heart” was financed by Gamechanger Films, which provides equity financing to narrative feature films directed by women. The film had its world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Along with Malek, the cast includes Kate Lyn Sheil (“House of Cards”), DJ Qualls (“The Man in the High Castle”), Toby Huss (“Halt and Catch Fire”), and Lin Shaye (“Ouija”).
Smith made her feature debut with 2014’s “The Midnight Swim,” a drama about three half-sisters who return home after their mother drowns in a nearby lake. The film won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, including the Audience Award at AFI Fest. Smith directed a segment in last year’s “Holidays,” a horror anthology.
When we asked the writer and director what she wants people to think after they watch “Buster’s Mal Heart,” she answered, “I suspect there will be many different interpretations of the movie, but that’s not because I didn’t have my own very clear ideas about it: It’s because there are many different outlooks on the human condition, freedom, sanity, and God, or lack thereof,” she speculated. “My hope is that the audiences will leave with a feeling of peace — a rare and special peace, however fragile or fleeting.”
“Buster’s Mal Heart” opens April 28. Check out the trailer below.
Trailer Watch: Rami Malek Is Split in Two in Sarah Adina Smith’s “Buster’s Mal Heart” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Ahead of its Us release next month, a new trailer has debuted for the upcoming mystery thriller Buster’s Mal Heart. Written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, the film sees Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek leading a cast that includes DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil, Toby Huss, and Lin Shaye; watch it below after the official synopsis…
Rami Malek (Emmy-nominee, “Mr. Robot”) stars in Buster’S Mal Heart as Jonah, a troubled man on the run from fate. Malek exposes the depths of Jonah’s soul in this smart thriller, peppered with dark humor and laden with interlocking mystery. From the bold cinematic mind of Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim, winner of the AFI Fest Breakthrough Audience Award), Buster’S Mal Heart is a visceral mind bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside down.
Buster’s Mal Heart is set for release on April 28th in the States. »
- Amie Cranswick
"I worked nights for five years, you'll adjust." That's what his boss tells him, but Buster isn't adjusting to the hotel night shift, and as the new trailer for Buster's Mal Heart proves, the night owl hours are taking a serious toll on his sanity.
Well Go USA Entertainment will release Buster's Mal Heart theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on April 28th. Written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, the film stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Kate Lyn Sheil, DJ Qualls, Toby Huss, Lin Shaye, Mark Kelly, and Teresa Yenque.
Synopsis: "In this bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows — where he has acquired the nickname "Buster" — to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, »
- Derek Anderson
"Your version is coming." A new trailer has debuted for a film titled Buster's Mal Heart, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year (we featured a festival teaser for this last year). Directed by Sarah Adina Smith, the film stars Rami Malek as a "troubled man on the run from fate" who suffers from a recurring dream. In the dream he's haunted by being lost at sea only to discover that the dream is real: He is one man in two bodies. The cast includes DJ Squalls, Kate Lyn Sheil, Lin Shaye, Toby Huss, Mark Kelly and Teresa Yenque. This sounds very intriguing, and it looks like it might be good, I'm definitely curious. I love the music in this trailer - odd but it works. Plus it's always nice to see Malek in more films. Check it out. Here's the newest trailer (+ poster) for Sarah Adina Smith's Buster's Mal Heart, »
- Alex Billington
Robert Englund and Freddy Krueger. Not since Bela Lugosi and Dracula have a character and an actor been so deeply linked. And I would venture to say that not even Lugosi’s Dracula achieved the level of mainstream popularity achieved by Englund’s Krueger. During the late ’80s, you couldn’t turn on the television, open a magazine, or even look at a damn lunchbox without seeing Freddy’s charred face plastered on it. But that scorched visage would be nothing without Englund’s personality at the core of the character. Englund’s ability to imbue Krueger with such malicious delight struck a note with the public that just can’t be replicated. Jackie Earle Haley is a fantastic actor and did some interesting things in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, but I never really felt like I was watching Freddy Krueger.
This was in part due to the direction taken with the remake, »
- Bryan Christopher
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