by Nathan Silver
Country: USA
Year: 2009
Duration: 72'

Marcus is a failure as an architect. His young girlfriend, Kate, is a model of traditional wifely values: she cooks, she cleans, and does whatever is necessary to give Marcus what he silently demands. When Marcus is offered the chance to exercise his strangled creativity by designing a church, he throws himself headlong into the job. As Marcus dedicates more and more time to the project, Kate devotes her energy to taking care of Herman, the ailing old man who lives across the street.

“I’m not a particularly candid person, nor are my movies. Rather than lead the audience to identify with the characters, my aim is to challenge them to sympathize with the foibles of a dying pervert and an aggressively passive housewife. I asked the actors to repress their reactions. I asked them to live their roles in the passive tense. The characters’ lives are lived without the characters’ knowledge. As the tension accrues over the course of the story, the movie falls over the viewer. Stealthy and inevitable, like the night.”


film director

Nathan Silver

Nathan Silver (Chickentown, MA, USA, 1983) graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. Since then, the filmmaker has written and directed five short films and five feature films that have played in festivals around the world, including Viennale, BAFICI, Slamdance, and Torino Film Festival, where in 2009 he presented The Blind. His works were presented also in venus like MoMA
and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Recently, “Filmmaker Magazine” named Silver “one of the most interesting emerging directors in U.S. indie film.” In 2015 he also directed the short Riot, selected in Locarno.


The Illiterate (cm, 2005), Natalie Bonn (cm, 2006), With or Without Reason (cm, 2007), Anecdote (cm, 2008), The Blind (2009), Exit Elena (2012), Soft in the Head (2013), Uncertain Terms (2014), Stinking Heaven (2015), Riot (cm, 2015).


& Credits

Nathan Silver
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Nathan Silver, Ben Bostick
Rain Li
montaggio/film editing
Harriet Parsons
scenografia/production design
Lenny Tso
costumi/costume design
Tasha Alexis Beyer
Mark Binder
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jonas Ball (Marcus), Josette Barchilon (Kate), George Riddle (Herman), Jacob Reynolds (Raymond), Victoria Guthrie (l’agente immobiliare/ Real Estate Agent), Clyde Baldo (Lawrence)
Terry Leonard, Ben Bostick
produzione, vendita all’estero/production, world sales
Chickentown Productions