After venturing into the studio comedy world with initial success thanks to the hilarious Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green‘s output soon delivered diminished returns with Your Highness and The Sitter. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival the director finally reduced his scope and returned to his roots with a new dramedy titled Prince Avalanche.
Featuring just Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch on a work-related adventure in a desolate area of Texas, this remake of the Icelandic film Either Way was a hit at the festival and even resulted in the director winning the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival. We were fans of the film as well, saying, “the relaxed, lively Prince Avalanche shines with a strong heart.” Check out the first teaser trailer and poster below ahead of its summer release.
An odd couple of sorts, meditative and stern Alvin (Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As they sink into their job in the remarkable landscape, they learn more than they want to about each other and their own limitations. An unlikely friendship develops through humor and nasty exchanges, leading to surprising affection.
Prince Avalanche opens in August.