Archive of films Prince Avalanche / Prince Avalanche

2013, 94 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2013

The protagonists of this independent comedy, which won a Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale, are two young road workers who are fixing a fire-ravaged roadway in the middle of a Texas woodland. The two temperamentally different men fall into a trap of ill will and only gradually start to reach out to one another.… Starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.


Summer 1988, a Texas woodland. A couple of roadway workers are doing repairs on a seemingly endless stretch of road that was devastated by fire the previous year. In a desolate landscape, amid isolation and drudgery, far from their actual lives – such is the locus where two men of vastly different natures get buffeted by the storms of ill will. It will take time before mutual understanding grows between insecure and somewhat obtuse Alvin and his girlfriend’s withdrawn, contemplative brother Lance.… This tersely narrated tragicomedy is a remake of Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s Either Way (Á annan veg, 2011), which was included in the Variety’s Ten Euro Directors to Watch at last year’s Karlovy Vary IFF. Writer-director David Gordon Green returns to his independent moviemaking roots in a feature starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

About the director

David Gordon Green (b. 1975, Little Rock, Arkansas) graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts in 1998. His first accolades as a director came with the short films Pleasant Grove (1997) and Physical Pinball (1998). In 2000 he debuted in features with the well-regarded George Washington (Discovery Award, Toronto IFF; CinemAvvenire Award for Best Film, Torino IFF). His next film, All the Real Girls, took a 2003 Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Other films: Undertow (2004), Snow Angels (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), The Sitter (2008), and Your Highness (2011). He also has a list of production credits to his name (e.g. Shotgun Stories, 2007, dir. Jeff Nichols).


The Match Factory
Domstrasse 60, 50668, Cologne
Tel: +49 221 539 709-0

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: David Gordon Green
Screenplay: David Gordon Green
Dir. of Photography: Tim Orr
Music: Explosions in the Sky, David Wingo
Editor: Colin Patton
Producer: Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel, James Belfer, David Gordon Green
Production: Muskat Filmed Properties, Dogfish Pictures
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Paul Rudd, Joyce Payne, Lance LeGault
Contact: The Match Factory


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