Mysterious Art World Thriller 'Painter' with Betsy Randle & Eric Ladin
by Alex Billington
October 2, 2020
"The only part of you that will endure is your art – if you're good enough…" 1844 Ent. has revealed the official trailer for an indie psychological thriller called Painter, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Cory Wexler Grant. The film stars Betsy Randle as Joanne Marco, a wealthy art collector and benefactor. She discovers a young, unknown painter named Aldis Browne, and becomes obsessed with his success. When his first solo show is deemed a critical failure, he flees. But her obsession develops into a psychosexual relationship fueled by jealousy and delusion, and she lures him back. Co-starring Eric Ladin as Aldis, along with Casey Deidrick and Susan Anton. The cinematography in this is very sneaky, setting up additional eeriness in the composition. Along with the extra creepy, bombastic score in this trailer damn.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Cory Wexler Grant's Painter, direct from 1844's YouTube:
Joanne Marco, a wealthy art collector and benefactor, has been searching for an artistic genius. When she discovers a young, unknown painter named Aldis Browne, she becomes obsessed and determined to force his success. Joanne invites Aldis to move into her mansion where she can foster his talent. When Aldis’ first solo show is deemed a critical failure, Aldies flees the city. But Joanne lures him back with a frightening gift from his past. Painter is written and directed by first-time filmmaker Cory Wexler Grant, making his directorial debut. This hasn't premiered at any film festivals or elsewhere, as far as we know. 1844 Ent. will release Painter direct-to-VOD starting on October 13th this fall. For more info, visit their official website.
Most of American films about art are stubbornly avoiding being about the art. Which keeps rendering them less interesting ...
shiboleth on Oct 2, 2020
What a nice observation. I did never think about it in that way but you seem totally right. Do you have any films in mind that are actually more interested with the art itself?
Lars on Oct 3, 2020
Nice response to it, too. As for the subject, I don't have much to add. The real problem is to think of the films I might mention to you. That almost gave me a headache. You know, it's not easy to be a drawer where all goodies lie. I'm just not that kind of person. But I gave a try and it's not even close to be a definitive one. I was really trying to avoid artsy ones, but that doesn't mean that the recommended ones don't require some ... well, sensibility. And, of course, you might know some of them. Or maybe, all of them. Whether you might like them is another thing. So, here are few of them: - La Belle Noiseuse (Beautiful Troublemaker; 1991): a French film that questions art and what it does to people. It runs almost four hours, but I think it's worth of anyone's attention - Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor; 2018) - German film about art, artist and their relation to history and politics. - The Taisho Trilogy by Seijun Suzuki (Zigeunerweisen; 1980.; Kagero-za; 1981 and Yumeji; 1991.). Crazy Japanesse director who mostly made B-grade films about organized crime and postwar Japan (I absolutely recommend his Branded to Kill; 1967). The guy was banned from using color in his films during 1960's which says a lot about his film making. David Lynch learnt his stuff from him. These three films are visual meditation about art and Japanesse society. - Camera Buff (Amator, 1979): Polish film. Scandal of art behind the iron curtain. Enough said ... - La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty; 2013) - Italian film about art critic and former writer and his search for beauty in postmodern world. Best known, I guess, of all this. Ok, that got me exhausted. No, there's no American ones. I thought that should be a rule here, although, that's a bit harsh ... I leave finding American ones to you. Note that some of them are not easy to find (something you have to do yourself), but I think they are worthy of anyone's interest in art on film ... Anyway, cheers ...
shiboleth on Oct 3, 2020
Wow! Thanks for these great suggestions. And sorry for sending you down that rabbit hole. I've seen the most recent ones but will definitely check out the other ones. I'm from Germany so getting hold of these is actually not that hard 🙂
Lars on Oct 3, 2020
No problem. I mean, I was lazy as it is. Which means, I could do more. But also, yeah, despite some effort was needed to accomplish this, there was also a bit of pleasure in doing this. But I also think you've got a hint of what you might watch and how to look for more. Of course, I hope you'll enjoy my suggestions but mostly, this will serve you as one of possible guidances after which you'll try to find something more. And yes, I'm in Europe too, in Croatia, a weird little East European country ...
shiboleth on Oct 4, 2020
Cool trailer. Really cool poster. IN.
DAVIDPD on Oct 4, 2020
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