Archive of films Frank / Frank

Ireland / United Kingdom
2014, 94 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

This untraditional, stylistically bold tragicomedy follows an eager yet untalented musician named Jon, who, in his attempt to extricate himself from his small-town life and everyday work routine, joins the alternative music group The Soronprfbs. The frontman is the eccentric and emotionally unstable Frank, who hides under an enormous papier-mâché head that he never takes off. Michael Fassbender stars in a movie screened at this year’s Sundance.


Synopsis

This untraditional, stylistically bold tragicomedy follows an eager yet untalented musician named Jon, who, in his attempt to extricate himself from his small-town life and everyday work routine, joins the alternative music group The Soronprfbs. The unpronounceable band is organized by the eccentric, talented, and unstable Frank, a musical genius who hides behind an enormous papier-mâché head that he never takes off. Although the weekend gig Jon signed up for results in permanent band membership, and despite the ill will of the other band members and even the loss of all his money, Jon sticks with the band. This playful movie was freely inspired by the life of cult musician Frank Sidebottom (comic legend Chris Sievey) and by Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart, other music-world outsiders. The director pays tribute to them all, as does the excellent Michael Fassbender in the role of Frank. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance IFF.

About the director

Lenny Abrahamson (b. 1966, Dublin, Ireland) began making short video films for Trinity Video Society, the production company he cofounded while studying physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin; he graduated with honors in 1991. He has shot numerous commercials both in Ireland and the UK. In 2004 his feature debut Adam & Paul earned Best Debut at the Galway Film Fleadh and, a year later, the Grand Prix at the Sofia IFF. In 2007 he followed it up with Garage, screened in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes IFF and awarded a number of Irish film and television prizes. In that same year he shot the four-part miniseries "Prosperity” for RTE television. The film What Richard Did was included in the program of the 2012 Toronto IFF. He is at present working on multiple projects for Element Pictures production company.

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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
   
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Screenplay: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Dir. of Photography: James Mather
Music: Stephen Rennicks
Editor: Nathan Nugent
Producer: Ed Guiney, David Barron, Stevie Lee
Production: Element Pictures, Runaway Fridge Films
Coproduction: Film4, BFI, Irish Film Board
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Contact: Protagonist Pictures, Asociace českých filmových klubů
Distributor: Asociace českých filmových klubů
   
www: www.frank-film.com

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