Rami Malek is Haunted by His Past in Teaser for TIFF Drama ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’

Written by on September 8, 2016 

Busters Mal Heart

The first teaser has arrived for the TIFF drama/mystery Buster’s Mal Heart, led by Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek. Penned, helmed, and edited by Sarah Adina Smith (who had a segment in the horror anthology Holidays, as well as directed The Midnight Swim) in her sophomore feature, the film concerns an on-the-run mountain man (Malek) who has survived the harsh winter conditions by breaking into empty houses in a remote town. Plagued by visions of drifting at sea and of his past life, he also frequently calls into a radio station to rant about Y2K and other dangers — a station where he has now gained the moniker “Buster.”

The teaser borrows from The Shining‘s playbook, utilizing the ominous repetitions of a ball hitting a wall to guide the edits through haunting portraits of family life paired with loneliness and isolation. It then dips into a fast montage of imagery that lands on a stark image of Malek in a boat, followed by the most captivating shot of the teaser, after the titles.

See the teaser and a poster below.

An eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows — where he has acquired the nickname “Buster” — to rant about the impending dangers of Y2K, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his former life as a family man.

Buster's Mal Heart

Buster’s Mal Heart will premiere at TIFF on September 11th.

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