Belgian director Koen Mortier won a great many very rabid fans in these parts with his debut film Ex Drummer
, a punk rock blast of energy and degeneracy that has developed a very well deserved cult following all around the world. And now Mortier is back with his sophomore film poised to have its world premiere in Toronto.
Titled 22nd of May
it's an entirely different, more somber affair, the story revolving around a blue collar security guard at a small mall that becomes the target of a terrorist bombing. Here's and excerpt from the original, very detailed synopsis:
... While everything around him is burning, Sam tries his best to help.
He drags a woman outside against her will. She is screaming, struggling
to get back inside to save her child. But Sam is already back on the
scene, trying to rescue other victims, all of them just as helpless as
he is. They are strewn over the floor, covered in blood, their clothes
shredded to pieces, feeling utterly lost. As their cries turn into
screams, Sam is overpowered by fear and panic. First there was the
shock, then the realization of what happened. Without thinking, he
starts to run, turning his back to the apocalyptic scene. He flees,
running along the streets of a city that once felt as familiar as a
friend, but now seems more like a dark monster ...
We're very excited to see Mortier back on the big screen and very proud to present the first trailer for the film. Check it out below to see that more serious doesn't mean any less visually impressive.
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