NYC, this weekend’s going to be a scorcher! Beat the heat and check out the multi-talented Martin Donovan’s screenwriting and directorial debut, “Collaborator,” at IFC Center. The intense David Morse and the fetching Olivia Williams also star.
Clearly not one to limit himself, Donovan recently fulfilled his lifelong ambition to write and direct a feature: the result is Collaborator. The indie film veteran flawlessly transitions between writer, director, and actor to create this enthralling tragi-comedy.
Collaborator follows famous playwright Robert Longfellow (Donovan), whose most recent works have been widely panned by critics and fans alike. Discouraged and unhappy with his marriage, Robert retreats to his childhood home in California to look in on his elderly mother. As Robert tries to avoid his longtime neighbor Gus (a terrific David Morse), an ex-con whose right-wing politics and manic demeanor are unnerving, he decides to take a few meetings while on the west coast. He visits his past muse and current movie star Emma Stiles (Olivia Williams), who wants him to adapt a novel that contains a potentially great role for her. While the two flirt with reigniting their former flame, Robert returns home to find Gus waiting for him. After a series of strange events, Gus takes Robert hostage at gunpoint, inciting riveting conversation and debate between the two as they both try to make it out alive.
Praised by audiences and critics alike, Collaborator was given two awards at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, including Best Actor for Morse and the FIPRESCI Prize for Donovan. In addition to the masterful performances by the three leads, the film also features musician Melissa Auf der Maur (in her feature film debut) and veteran actors Eileen Ryan and Katherine Helmond.
Collaboratoropens this Friday, July 6, at the IFC Center.If you’re not in New York City (or if you just can’t wait another minute!), the film is currently available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon, and VUDU. In the meantime, check out what stars Martin Donovan, David Morse, and others have to say about the film!
Finally, check out this great Q&A from a special screening of the Collaborator at the IFC Center on June 18 with Martin Donovan, David Morse, Melissa Auf der Maur, and Producer Ted Hope. The conversation was moderated by Hal Hartley.