The subject matter of this movie isn’t cheery, but it’s important. “Dark Night” happens to be about the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. It is shot documentary-style and follows the routines of six people, all of whom end up in the theater at the end. Characters are mostly fictional (except for the crazy guy) but there’s only one way it can end.
A haunting, artfully understated critique of American gun culture, Tim Sutton’s third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Employing a mesmerizing documentary-style technique and a cast of non-professional actors, DARK NIGHT follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, the shooter among them. Shot in Sarasota, Florida and lensed by veteran French DP Hélène Louvart (PINA, THE BEACHES OF AGNES), the dream-like visuals articulate both Sutton’s carefully crafted landscapes and the characters’ sense of alienation and suburban malaise. Winner of the Lanterna Magica Award at the Venice Film Festival following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, DARK NIGHT is essential viewing, not only for art-house filmgoers, but for anyone invested in the debate over gun violence in America as well.
There will be a special advanced screening of “Dark Night” on Monday, January 23, 7:00PM at the IFP Media Center. The movie itself opens to the general public at the New York Alamo Drafthouse on February 3.