SXSW 2011: Stills and poster from APART
Up top is the thoroughly lovely poster for Aaron Rottinghaus' APART, a selection in this year's Lone Star States section at SXSW. Lone Star States focuses on films with a special Texas link, making APART a pitch-perfect pick, as it was made by Texan filmmakers and was shot completely in Austin.
The film stars Olesya Rulin, Josh Danziger, Michael Bowen, Bruce McGill, and Joey Lauren Adams in an off-kilter, psychologically-bent love story. If the poster is an indication, we're in for a special treat when the film has its world premiere at the festival next week. After the break, check out some stills from the film and tons more information about the film (including an official synopsis that will make things much more clear than my vague explanation of the film above!).
"Noah Greene (Josh Danziger) awakens from a two-year coma. His memories are hazy; even as he rehabilitates himself, he remains lost in his own life. As Noah digs deeper into his half-remembered life, he is forced to confront the suspicions of those around him, as well as a pair of shattering tragedies that both bind him to and drive him away from the girl he loves. The first of these – a school bus accident when they were young children – has forever connected him to his playmate Emily Gates (Olesya Rulin). The result of the accident is a rare but real disorder called folie à deux (referred to as ICD-10, F.24), where the traumatized Emily suffers disturbing and precognitive visions for the rest of her life – visions which Noah also experiences, but only in proximity to Emily.
As Noah returns to his hometown, determined to discover the cause of his injury and memory loss, he re-connects with Emily. Together, Noah pieces together the nature of the relationship they enjoyed as teenagers: warm, familiar, achingly tender…a closeness that should have blossomed into romance, save for the catastrophes of the past."
APART will screen on March 12 at 7:00PM at Rollins Theater and March 17 at 12:00PM at Paramount Theater.