Paint It Black
US Fiction Competition
(2015, 96 min.)
Directed by: Amber Tamblyn
Screenwriter: Amber Tamblyn, Ed Dougherty
Producers: Wren Arthur, Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell, Amber Tamblyn
Cinematographer: Brian Rigney Hubbard
Editor: Paul Frank
Music: Mac McCaughan
Cast: Janet McTeer, Alia Shawkat, Alfred Molina, Emily Rios, Rhys Wakefield
Josie is a young woman struggling to cope with the tragic death of her boyfriend. In the aftermath of his death, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to his pianist mother, Meredith, who holds Josie responsible for her son’s passing. The two women are drawn into a twisted relationship raging with equal parts distrust and blind need as they become consumed with each other while trying to navigate life without the one they love.
Adapted from the eponymous book by Janet Fitch, Amber Tamblyn's impressive directorial debut is visually decadent, elaborately reflecting the intensity of her characters’ spiraling emotional states. Commanding performances by Janet McTeer and Alia Shawkat make Paint It Black a startlingly visceral experience and affirm Tamblyn’s unique voice as a director.
Second screening added by popular demand.