Complete Unknown

USA | 2016 | 90 minutes | Joshua Marston

From the director of Maria Full of Grace, this intelligent and romantic exploration of identity follows a married man (Michael Shannon) as he reconnects with an old flame (Rachel Weisz) who has repeatedly invented new personas for herself over the years.

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Have you ever wanted to disappear, to be able to travel anonymously through life, able to leave versions of yourself behind without a trace, without responsibility? Alice (Oscar® winner Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener) has done this for 15 years, shedding personalities like snakeskin and starting anew. But this bridge-burning approach to life leaves embers in its wake, and when Alice is recognized at an intimate birthday party in New York, a fire reignites. Tom (Michael Shannon, Midnight Special), now an agricultural analyst with a jewelry-designer wife (Azita Ghanizada, "Alphas"), once dated Alice—or as she was then, Jenny—and when he spots her on a co-worker's arm, he's determined to figure out what happened over a decade ago . . . and more important, why? Paced more like a two-character chamber piece in the vein of Richard Linklater's Before Midnight (appropriately, both films were lensed by cinematographer Christos Voudouris), Complete Unknown is a shift in tone for director Joshua Marston, trading the melodrama of his 2004 breakout Maria Full of Grace for a quieter, more philosophical approach, one that lets conversations and events simmer instead of explode. Through Weisz's and Shannon's magnetic performances, as well as a dazzling aside featuring acting veterans Kathy Bates and Danny Glover, this is a sophisticated, existential drama of identity and personal responsibility.

Director Biography
Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace (SIFF 2004) won its leading actor, Catalina Sandino, a Golden Space Needle for best actress. Born in Los Angeles County, Marston studied film at New York University. With co-writer Andamion Murataj, Marston won a Silver Bear for Best Script at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival for his film The Forgiveness of Blood (2011).

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  • Director: Joshua Marston
  • Principal Cast: Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen
  • Screenplay: Joshua Marston, Julian Sheppard
  • Cinematographers: Christos Voudouris
  • Editors: Malcolm Jamieson
  • Music: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Forgiveness of Blood (2012); Maria Full of Grace (2004)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Sundance Selects
  • International Sales: Protagonist Pictures