Prince Avalanche
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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:94
Original Language:English
dir:David Gordon Green
prod:Lisa Muskat
Derrick Tseng
Craig Zobel
James Belfer
David Gordon Green
scr:David Gordon Green
cam:Tim Orr
editor:Colin Patton
mus:Explosions in the Sky
David Wingo
cast:Paul Rudd
Emile Hirsch
source:Magnolia Pictures
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Filmmaker David Gordon Green returns to his independent roots with Prince Avalanche, a buddy movie/road comedy that is also his most contemplative film in years. In this adaptation of the 2011 Icelandic movie Either Way, Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch play highway workers, complete opposites, whose job it is to paint centerlines on a rural Texas road circa summer 1988. Excepting the occasional visitor, such as elderly trucker Lance LeGault, it is a season spent in near isolation during which the two disparate souls build an unlikely friendship. The actors deliver subtle performances and some welcome laughs, and as Green steps back into the atmospheric storytelling of earlier work like George Washington (2000) and All the Real Girls (2003), his film’s additional star is its central Texas setting of Bastrop State Park, ravaged by a devastating wildfire in 2011. Green’s longtime collaborator, cameraman Tim Orr transforms the scorched landscape into a leading character and makes Prince Avalanche the most beautiful buddy movie in recent memory.
-Steve Ramos

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Additional Information

David Gordon Green

A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, filmmaker and producer David Gordon Green has deep roots in independent cinema going back to his coming-of-age feature George Washington (2000). Other independent features include All the Real Girls (2003), Undertow (2004) and Snow Angels (2007). Following the production of Pineapple Express (2008), Green formed Rough House Pictures with Danny McBride and Jody Hill, which produced or co-produced Eastbound and Down, The Sitter (2011) and Prince Avalanche.