Set in a crumbling home for recovering drug addicts in the early 1990s, the latest American ensemble piece from eclectic micro–budget filmmaker Nathan Silver offers a grimy, grating yet utterly authentic and compassionate character study. Capturing the human spirit dwelling in a cocoon of rock–bottom behavior, Silver's elliptical narrative weaves around its inhabitants with raw energy and ease, cementing the house itself as its central protagonist. The self–run home for sober living is maintained by a couple who guides the wayward members committed to living well for personal sustainability. When they take in a new member who has a history with a current resident, a self–destructive spiral begins. Anchored by a fearlessly committed cast of unsung indie staples and boldly shot in lo–fi video, Silver's film is imbued with specificity and resilience. Armed with a signature voice and a singular style, the prolific filmmaker delivers both his ugliest and warmest work yet. — Landon Zakheim
Preceding short: SERENITY.
Nathan Silver graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. He has written and directed five features: THE BLIND, which premiered at the Torino Film Festival in 2009; EXIT ELENA, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2012; SOFT IN THE HEAD; UNCERTAIN TERMS; and STINKING HEAVEN.
Stinking Heaven, Inc.