Sundance 2011: Poster for SUBMARINE hits

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 22nd, 2011

(Read our review of the film HERE)

With Sundance now officially underway, one of the festival’s most interesting releases has just gotten a brand new poster, and it may be one of the best I’ve seen in a very, very long time.

Thanks to MTV, we have the first official poster for the Richard Ayoade feature, SUBMARINE, and it’s a truly fantastic piece of promotional material.

The film, which has seen comparisons to the threesome of Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach and Alexander Payne, is helmed by actor-turned-director Ayoade, who’s best known for helming cult TV shows like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and The Mighty Boosh.  Produced by Ben Stiller, SUBMARINE stars Noah Taylor, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige and Sally Hawkins, and while it has a premise that sounds like a relatively cliché indie comedy, the poster is a really fantastic piece of visual art.  The film has a fantastic cast, and Ayoade has proven to be a hot name within the world of directors, so hopefully his feature debut will prove why.  I haven't had the chance to see it, but our fearless leader, Chase, loved the hell out of it, so my hopes could not be higher for this thing.

Here’s the synopsis and poster:

Meet Oliver Tate, a precocious 15-year-old whose worldview is exceedingly clever and largely delusional (he imagines the outpouring of grief that would spread through Wales if he died). Oliver carries a briefcase, doesn’t agree with everything Nietzsche said but concedes that he had some interesting points, peruses the dictionary for new words (fla•gi•tious, adj, wickedly shameful), and suspects his mother of having an affair with their New Age neighbor. But foremost on Oliver’s mind is finding a girlfriend. Enter Jordana Bevan.

Adapted from Joe Dunthorne’s wry novel and bolstered by aesthetic wit, fabulous performances, and a clever score by Andrew Hewitt (with songs by Alex Turner), Submarine evokes the spontaneity and breezy cinematic cool of the French New Wave. Ayoade sidesteps coming-of-age clichés to explore a kid who’s too self-absorbed to realize that to know somebody, you first have to remove yourself from the center of the universe.


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