Todd Solondz' DARK HORSE, Featuring Donna Murphy, Opens 7/27
Todd Solondz' latest film, DARK HORSE will be theatrically distributed by Brainstorm Media in association with industry veteran Ted Hope's Double Hope Films and Vitagraph Films in Los Angeles and nationally on July 27, 2012. Solondz will appear in person for a Q&A on opening weekend at Landmark's NuArt Theatre in New York City, June 8.
The film tells the story of a thirty-something year-old guy with arrested development who falls for a thirty-something year-old girl with the same problem. When he tries to move out of his junior high school bedroom, tragedy ensues.
Written and directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Life During Wartime), DARK HORSE stars Justin Bartha (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II) as Richard, Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Hellboy) as Miranda, Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby, The Great Gatsby) as Phyllis, Jordan Gelber ("Boardwalk Empire", The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) as Abe Wertheimer, Donna Murphy (Tangled, "The Nanny Diaries") as Marie, Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Catch Me if You Can) as Jackie, Zachary Booth (The Blue Eyes, Taking Woodstock) as Justin, and Aasif Mandvi (The Last Airbender, The Proposal) as Mahmoud. The film was produced by Ted Hope and Derrick Tseng, with Nick Quested as executive producer.
Todd Solondz has written and directed Life During Wartime (2009), Palindromes (2004), Storytelling (2001), Happiness (1998) and Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). In 1996 WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, a feature he produced, wrote, and directed, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and many other awards. In 1998, HAPPINESS, which he wrote and directed, won the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay. His next film, STORYTELLING, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and was named one of the "ten best films of the year" by THE NEW YORK TIMES. PALINDROMES premiered in competition at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, as well as at that year's Telluride, New York, and Toronto film festivals. LIFE DURING WARTIME won the best screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival in 2009 and numerous other awards. DARK HORSE had its premiere in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.