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    Entertainment

    Directed by

    USA

    2015

    104 min

    • English

    Drama

    An aging comedian tours the Californian desert. He is lost in a cycle of third-rate venues and tries in vain to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.

    Awards

    • "Environment is quality of life" Prize - FF Locarno

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Gregg Turkington
    John C. Reilly
    Tye Sheridan
    Michael Cera
    Amy Seimetz
    Screenplay
    Rick Alverson
    Gregg Turkington
    Tim Heidecker
    Cinematography
    Lorenzo Hagerman
    Editing
    Michael Taylor
    Music
    Robert Donne
    Production
    NOMADIC INDEPENDENCE

    Press

    A twisted, existential comedic masterwork.

    Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire

    A road trip to the centre of a harrowing abyss.

    Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

    ENTERTAINMENT should have no trouble finding a fervent cult to call its own.

    Scott Foundas, Variety

    Rick Alverson

    Rick Alverson

    USA

    RICK ALVERSON (1971) is a filmmaker living in Richmond, Virginia. His dramatic feature THE COMEDY (2012), a tale of the perils of entitlement set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently released by Tribeca Film. His first feature, THE BUILDER (2010), an existential character study of an Irish immigrant at odds with the promise of America, was released by the renowned independent record label "Jagjaguwar". NEW JERUSALEM (2011), his second feature, starring Colm O'leary and Will Oldham, again considered the immigrant experience but this time through the lens of religious ideology. NEW JERUSALEM premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011. That same year he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. More recently, he was awarded at Locarno Film Festival 2015 for his feature ENTERTAINMENT.

    Selected Filmography