Scott Cohen’s directorial feature debut, Red Knot, was helmed on a 23-day jaunt along the coasts of Argentina and Antarctica. Sounds like quite the feat, especially considering it’s Cohen’s first shot at a feature. However, his prior work as a photographer enabled him to harness the beautiful landscapes explored by his two stars, Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby.
As a pair of adventure seekers, the newly-married couple opt to take a belated honeymoon cruise. I say cruise loosely because their trip actually takes place on board a research vessel headed for Antarctica. Like all flicks set at sea, or in confined spaces (or both if we’re talking about a submarine pic), tension begins to chip away at the happy couple.
This first preview offers at glimpse at the sheer breathtaking locales Cohen was able to lens. His choice of destination for the shoot is winning, as the deterioration of a marriage set in an isolated environment is spot on.
After doing the festival circuit, the pic nabbed the FIPRESCI Grand Jury Prize for Best New American Cinema at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. All in all, it looks like a solid character piece – and it’s not surprising with Thirlby and Kartheiser tackling the headlining roles. For those intrigued by the trailer, they can catch Red Knot when premieres at the IFC Center in New York on December 5th. No official release date has been announced.
Peter (Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men”) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby, JUNO) are a young married couple who jump at the chance to satisfy their wanderlust by taking a belated honeymoon aboard a research vessel bound for Antarctica. As they travel further south, the relationship, like the icy landscapes that surround them, begins to crack and shift, exposing the poles within each of us and the dangerous fault lines that lay just below the surface.
Source: First Showing