Sunday, March 9, 2014

SXSW 2014 Film: For Those in Peril

Yesterday, I started my day with a film from a first-time filmmaker. For Those in Peril made its N. American debut at SXSW this year after receiving critical praise at the BAFTAs. The film used a blend of techniques to help the story unfold, mixing a fairy straight-forward narrative with poetic visual interludes to give us further insight into the protagonists state of mind.

The plot deals with a young man who is the only person to survive a commercial fishing boat accident. The film explores the depth and breadth of grief, loss, guilt and blame. This is not a light-hearted romp but it's not really a crier either. This film is a meditation. I can't say that I full understand every moment of For Those in Peril but it's hard to not identify with elements of this very human story. I give the film a B-. It's a great first feature-length and will certainly serve as a calling card for visionary storyteller Paul Wright.

For Those in Peril - Official UK Trailer

There are still three more chances to see For Those in Peril at SXSW 2014, including a screening that starts in two hours! If you're a local without SXSW credentials you could probably still see this film at Village or Slaughter, just look for the Rush Ticket line and be prepared with a ten dollar bill for the cashier.

Sunday, March 9 | 11:00AM - 12:33PM | Alamo Village

Wednesday, March 12 | 2:00PM - 3:33PM | Alamo Ritz 2

Thursday, March 13 | 2:00PM - 3:33PM | Alamo Slaughter