Refocus #5 - Michael Tully\'s SEPTIEN (Canadian Premiere
2011 | Michael Tully | 80 minutes | USA
Official Selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, BAFICI (Buenos Aires Festival
Internacional De Cine Indepente)
Eighteen years after disappearing without a trace, Cornelius Rawlings returns to his family’s farm. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius's brothers continue to live in isolation on this forgotten piece of land. Ezra is a freak for two things: cleanliness and Jesus. Amos is a self-taught artist who fetishizes sports and Satan. Although back home, Cornelius is still distant. In between challenging strangers to one-on-one games, he huffs and drinks the days away. The family’s high-school sports demons show up one day in the guise of a plumber and a pretty girl. Only a mysterious drifter can redeem their souls on 4th and goal.
Triple-threat actor/writer/director (and disturbingly gifted athlete) Michael Tully creates a backwoods world that’s only a few trees away from our own, complete with characters on the edge of sanity that we can actually relate to. A hero tale gone wrong, SEPTIEN is funny when it’s inappropriate to laugh, and realistic when it should be psychotic. Goooaaaaaaaaal! - Sundance Film Festival
“As someone who understands that certain movies aren’t for everybody—this was actually one of the primary reasons for making this strange thing—I also won’t take it personally if the most positive thing you can say about it is, ‘What the fuck was that piece of shit?’” - SEPTIEN's writer, director, and star, Michael Tully
"...there’s nothing remotely contrived or ironic about this family drama. Unlike tired mumblecore fare, this is a specific, articulate film with a throbbing heart — and other appendages on prominent display. If you’re up for an evening of Southern Gothic, pour a whiskey and let this funny, troubling film pull you under." - Susanna Locascio, Tiny Mix Tapes
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