"In his first feature, Ham on Rye, Tyler Taormina already observed the inhabitants of an American suburb strolling day and night, in the expectation of a revelation. In his more experimental and more intimate second feature, he explores, for one night, the life of his neighborhood during the autumn pandemic lockdown, in the suburbs of Long Island, where scenes of nightlife come alive with the sounds of the animal, vegetable, mechanical and human world. The film's title refers to Bill Forsyth's Local Hero (1983), in which the atmospheric beauty of a small Scottish village allowed the protagonist and viewer to experience pure contemplation. This inspired the director to position us as observers and lead us to identify the signs of life in a town suspended in time. The camera visits familiar deserted places, preoccupied interiors, stops at mysterious shadows and silent, attentive, sleeping or sleepless characters. These silent beings, anxious to be free again, experience a desire so strong that they escape into the night, towards an unknown and mysterious destination. Nothing is insignificant in the ethereal universe of Tyler Taormina. Everything inspires us to take another look at the banality of everyday life but also to get rid of it when it becomes too heavy. In keeping with Kaurismäki, Kieślowski and Wenders, this nocturnal immersive ASMR experience invites us to the collective dream where solitude is finally shared and consumed."
Chantal Lian - Responsable des sélections américaines
Grace Berlino, Michael Gugliamo, Jax Terry, Brendan Burt, Brandon Cassanova