Jeremy Saulnier's second feature BLUE RUIN has been picking up lots of positive buzz since it first screened at Cannes, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. His first, the hilariously violent (or maybe violently hilarious?) MURDER PARTY (2007) was picked up by Magnolia Pictures at SXSW and earned honours at the Slamdance (Audience Award, Best Feature), Vail (Grand Jury Prize), and Sidewalk (Special Jury Prize) film festivals.
In between, he's been busy working as a cinematographer for other independent filmmakers. He has shot all of Matthew Porterfield's films (HAMILTON, PUTTY HILL, and most recently, I USED TO BE DARKER), as well as Michael Tully's SEPTIEN.
While sticking with the theme of murderous violence, BLUE RUIN marks a huge leap forward for Saulnier as a writer/director. Jettisoning the laughs for straight up tension, BLUE RUIN will certainly be one of the most buzzed-about films in the Vanguard programme this year.
BLUE RUIN screening times:
- Mon., Sept. 9, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 8:00 PM
- Wed., Sept. 11, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 12:00 PM