Friday, April 13, 2012

Pitch Black Heist at Tribeca Film Festival

As reported a month ago, Michael Fassbender's 14-minute BAFTA winning short film will screen at New York's Tribeca Film Festival (tickets on sale now!)which runs in New York from April 18-29. So for those of you in the NYC area, now is the time to prepare to see Michael there supporting the film.

Source: EW Inside Movies

Tribeca Film Festival: Michael Fassbender is smoking in 'Pitch Black Heist' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO (at link)

Video @ EW

by Sara Vilkomerson

Tags: Michael Fassbender, Tribeca Film Festival

Let’s break down the short film Pitch Black Heist: Suspense, thrills, intrigue? Yes. High stakes drama? You bet. World-class crazily handsome and compelling actor? Oh, for sure. That all this is delivered into a lean, gleaming, 14-minute short film — soon to make its New York debut at the Tribeca Film Festival — makes it all the more impressive.

Not to mention its star studded cast, which in addition to Michael Fassbender features Liam Cunningham (best known as Ser Davos Seaworth on HBO’s Game of Thrones). Both men play thieves, assigned to a job that will require them to complete their task in complete — some may say pitch black — darkness. “One of my favorite films is Rififi, this 1950s heist film where there’s a stretch where they can’t make a sound. When I watched it a few years ago I thought it would be good to do it pitch black with sound. Plus it’s cheap,” says director (and former Beta Band member) John Maclean. The Scottish filmmaker and artist says he worked nine months on the script, tinkering with it in order to make it “cement tight,” and then shot three days in a pub and warehouse in London.

“I wrote it with Michael in mind,” says Maclean, whose collaboration with Fassbender dates back to before Fassbender’s rocket rise to stardom. “He was shooting [Inglourious Basterds] at the time and was already quite busy, but he was still up for it,” says the director. An introduction from a mutual friend resulted in the 2009 short — shot on Maclean’s mobile phone – Man on Motorcycle.

Pitch Black Heist has already won plenty of accolades, including the 2012 BAFTA for best short film. Take a look at the clip below — which is not in total darkness, but instead shows the men relaxing in a pub and lip synching to Teresa Brewer’s 1960 song, “If There Are Stars In My Eyes.“

14 comments:

émilie said...

Black and white is perfect for Michael. I hope other directors will use black and white which makes him even more beautiful and mysterious.Let's hope this short film will be shown in theatres, not only in festivals

Veronica said...

I wish there was another way for me to see it. Hopefully lots of people will get a chance in NYC!

Veronica said...

I wish there was another way for me to see it. Hopefully lots of people will get a chance in NYC!

Hupsakeek said...

Well it's friday the 13th for me ;o) because I'm NOW in NY.

Dionne said...

I so want to see this! Hpefully it get's a wider distribution so that we can.

Sidra said...

Def planning to see "Pitch Black Heist" at the festival! :)
Can't wait!!! :)

Veronica said...

Please tell everyone how it is Sidra! :-)

Simone said...

I don't know how short films are released in mainstream theaters. I would think that in select theaters, prior to watching the main film, a short film may be viewed at that time. Usually short films are part of a montage of other shorts under one title. But since this one won a BAFTA, I don't know how we'll be able to see it, short of it being available on DVD/Blu-Ray or on Netflix. This is definitely a film festival film and I really don't know who or when the rest of us will see it in its entirety.

I still haven't seen the 2009 Man on a Motorcycle short. That's just wrong. :(

pati said...

I like when he smokes too

Helen said...

How can someone have such a bad babbitts and still have such amazing abs..?

The video is awesome! Can't wait to see the full movie!! good acting. Thanks for posting this

emmy said...

I LOOOVE the trailer and the clip !!! WOOOW It looks amazing ! I want to see this sooooo much !!!

Manuela said...

love it. very interesting to watch man on motocycle as well. Fassy is very talanted.

Judith said...

I would also very much like to see the two shorts. But in France it seems hard to see short films except in very small theatres in Paris and they are mostly French.
Yet, yes black & white definitely suits him very well, and I also think he is very sexy when he smokes (bad habits but I am a smoker myself, so...).

Jhessye said...

First off, any film with michael singing, dancing or lip syncing for that matter is a ok in my book. Seriously hell yes! And mr. Liam Cunningham who is awesome on Game of Thrones. WOO BABY!