MEI announced Amazing Factory Productions Inc. and progressive rock band We Are the City will open their critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film collaboration Violent in a limited Vancouver theatrical engagement at Cineplex Odeon International Village on October 14, 2016.
In the lead-up to release, on September 24th, Violent showcased with the creative team marking North America’s first ever Art House Theatre Day at a sold-out screening at VIFF Vancity Theatre, co-presented by the Directors Guild of Canada. Last Friday We Are the City performed pieces of the Violent soundtrack at the new programming stream Late Night at VIFF HUB to a sold-out house at Vancity Theatre.
Amazing Factory Productions Inc. partnered with the renowned Vancouver band We Are the City to produce Violent. The plan was set in motion to write, produce and release a feature film as a companion piece to the band’s album. It showcased in 2014 as Perspective Canada Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes and was Official Selection at several other high profile festivals including Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, and Los Cabos as well as the Canada Top Ten Film Festival by TIFF.
Violent takes place in Bergen, Norway, and the protagonist is Dagny (the incandescent Dagny Backer Johnsen), a young woman embarking on life’s journey. This innovative, atmospheric film has a precise five-part structure. Suspense is sustained in an almost abstract way: musical motifs, pinpoints of light, atmospheric electro-magnetics and a repeated, wave-like mantra. Each segment of the film is named for a person in Dagny’s life and each provides a different window into her character.
Winner of 19 awards including Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film at VIFF 2014 and subsequently named Best BC Film of the Year by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and winner of eight LEO Awards, Violent is the debut feature from Andrew Huculiak, best-known as the drummer for the Vancouver-based rock band, We Are the City and was created to coincide with the release of the album of the same name.