VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

TAKE SHELTER

V' 11

TAKE SHELTER

Jeff Nichols
USA, 2011
Fiction, 120min, OmdU

TAKE SHELTER

Jeff Nichols
USA, 2011
Fiction, 120min, OmdU

Cast: 
Michael Shannon
Curtis
Jessica Chastain
Samantha
Tova Stewart
Hannah
Shea Whigham
Dewart
Katy Mixon
Nat
Natasha Randall
Cammie
Ron Kennard
Russell
Scott Knisley
Lewis
Robert Longstreet
Jim
Kathy Baker
Sarah
Ray McKinnon
Kyle
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Kendra
Screenplay: 
Jeff Nichols
Sound: 
Lyman Hardy
Camera: 
Adam Stone
Editor: 
Parke Gregg
Composer: 
David Wingo
Decoration: 
Chad Keith
Costume: 
Karen Malecki

Production: 
Low Spark Films
World Sales: 
FilmNation Entertainment
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen Filmverleih
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Continuing a fruitful collaboration with lead actor Michael Shannon from Shotgun Stories, writer-director Jeff Nichols attempts with his second film, Take Shelter, to viscerally connect his audience with the terror-fraught, deteriorating mental state of a Midwestern construction worker. “You got a good life”, is the enviable but ominous evaluation of Curtis’s best friend and co-worker on an exurban Ohio building site. Though a loving husband to Samantha and attentive father to his deaf six-year-old daughter, Curtis loses sleep over a series of vivid nightmares of apocalyptic storm clouds and driving rain, and in waking life begins to hear echoing thunderclaps on clear days. Shannon carries the movie nearly all the way with his taciturn vulnerability, his panicked, stoic Curtis shielding Sam as much as possible from his sweat-soaked dreams and creeping fears that the schizophrenia that long ago led his mother into an assisted-living facility has now made a genetic claim on his mind. (Bill Weber)