BAFICI: Avant-Garde and Genre Official Competition, Buenos Aires, April 2018 (The Drunkard's Lament world premiere)
My new movie The Drunkard's Lament is premiering at the 20th edition of BAFICI (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) in the Avant-Garde and Genre Official Competition. It's an epistolary, musical reimagining of Wuthering Heights by Branwell—the tubercular, alcoholic and opium-addicted brother of Emily Brontë.
The soundtrack was created by Colleen Burke, who brought together musicians like Jim White (The Dirty Three), Sally Timms (The Mekons), Michael James and Munaf Rayani (Explosions in the Sky) to create this strange revisionist musical. This is the fourth film that Jim Finn and Colleen Burke have collaborated on. The other films Interkosmos, La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo and Chums from Across the Void have all gone on to have some kind of cult musical status.
We brought back actors from previous films to play the two Cathy’s: Isabella Pinheiro from Chums and Nandini Khaund from Interkosmos. Murray Gordon (Heathcliff), a South African philosopher and tech entrepreneur, is acting in his first film though his brother played a minor character in Roman Polanski’s Macbeth. Linda Montano (Hindley Earnshaw) is a seminal performance artist best known for her acupunctured-head video Mitchell’s Death and being roped together for a year with Taiwanese performance artist Tehching Hsieh. Jesse Stiles returns to work his sound magic. He teaches at Carnegie Mellon and has worked on projects by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and The Yes Men. Filmmaker Josh Lewis created the handmade 16mm film emulsion for the project at his artist-run lab in Ridgewood, Queens.