Official Trailer for SXSW 2016 Grand Jury Prize Winner 'The Arbalest'

November 10, 2016
Source: YouTube

The Arbalest Trailer

"Life isn't about toys… it's about mistakes." FilmBuff has released a trailer for a weird indie film titled The Arbalest, a quirky romantic drama starring Mike Brune. It's about an inventor of the world's greatest toy (called the Kalt Cube) who reflects through flashbacks on his obsession with a woman who hates him. The cast includes Tallie Medel, Matthew Stanton and Felice Heather Monteith. One review describes: "If David Lynch and Wes Anderson had a cinematic baby, it might look something like The Arbalest." It won the top prize at this year's SXSW Film Festival, and looks like it has some twisted but amusing aspects to it. There's all kinds of weird touches, including the production name: "A Fake Wood Wallpaper Film." Check it.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Adam Pinney's The Arbalest, direct from YouTube:

The Arbalest Poster

From the minds behind "Too Many Cooks" comes The Arbalest: the tale of enigmatic, famed toymaker Foster Kalt, celebrated inventor of the "Kalt Cube." His story unfolding via flashbacks over the course of an interview with a television reporter, Kalt primarily reflects on his lifelong obsession with Sylvia Frank. From his fatetful first meeting with Sylvia in a New York Hotel Room in 1968, to years later when he is stalking her from a cabin in the woods, the puzzle pieces of Kalt's obsession come together to form his latest, shocking, long-awaited new invention. The Arbalest is both written & directed by filmmaker Adam Pinney, a cinematographer / camera operator making his feature directorial debut after a couple of shorts previously. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's SXSW Film Festival, and it also played at the Fantasia Film Festival. The Arbalest arrives direct-to-VOD starting November 18th this month. Anyone?

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


His mind is the cube. The cube is his mind. The cube is the cube.

DAVIDPD on Nov 10, 2016


That's ... somehow interesting.

shiboleth on Nov 10, 2016


Hm, maybe like some of Twin Peaks' wackier S2 parts, but otherwise not much Lynch there (at least judging from the trailer). Lots of Wes Anderson influence apparent though; but the dry humour is too over the top for me to enjoy it tbh. Might have been hip in the 90s. Doesn't help that the low budget shines through quite a bit. Pass.

Terry Craig on Nov 12, 2016

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