SIFF 2018: Closing Night Gala: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

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USA | 2018 | 120 minutes | Gus Van Sant

Joaquin Phoenix gives a transformative performance in Gus Van Sant's sensitive and caustically funny portrait of Portland cartoonist John Callahan who, after a car accident leaves him disabled, uses his sardonic humor and brutal honesty to battle with a lifetime of addiction. The outstanding supporting cast includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, and musician Beth Ditto in her impressive film debut.

"With exceptional performances from Hill, Phoenix, Mara, and Black, an inventive score from Elfman, spasmodically calculated direction by Van Sant, and an incredible true story, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot succeeds as a biopic" - Film Inquiry

Tickets include entry to the Closing Night Gala film and party on June 10, 2018. Two drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres at the party!

Please note that SIFF parties are strictly 21+. Please bring valid photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, etc)

The first third of cartoonist John Callahan's life was far from comical. Given up for adoption in infancy, he was molested by a teacher at age eight, began drinking heavily at 13, and became a quadriplegic at 21 following a horrific car crash. From this misery, however, Callahan discovered a knack for crudely rendered, yet savagely funny, pen-and-ink cartooning, giving him a creative outlet and the catharsis he needed to express the dark, brutally honest emotions bottled up inside him. Filmmaker Gus Van Sant and actor Joaquin Phoenix (working together for the first time since 1995's To Die For) tell the story of Callahan's journey of redemption from reprobate drunk to sober, successful, politically incorrect cartoonist. Phoenix is mesmerizing as the curmudgeonly Callahan, racing around the streets of Portland in his electric wheelchair with his shock of orange hair and disregard for traffic signals. He is helped along through his many setbacks by his AA sponsor, Donnie (Jonah Hill)-a wealthy, gay, hippie-ish devout Christian and walking contradiction, and Annu (Rooney Mara), a Swedish physical therapist with whom John discovers the joys of romance. This biopic takes an unflinching view of the indignities of paralysis, yet finds humanity in this confrontational artist's struggle to find dark humor in the most painful circumstances.

Director Biography
An accomplished director, enjoying success in both mainstream and independent cinema, Gus Van Sant has effortlessly moved between unconventional arthouse films and Hollywood crowd-pleasers. After early arthouse successes like Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and My Own Private Idaho (1991), Van Sant quickly moved into the mainstream with the critical and commercial hit Good Will Hunting (1997). For his Harvey Milk biopic Milk, he won an Academy Award® for Best Directing in 2008. Since then, Van Sant has gone back to the arthouse scene, with films such as Restless (2011) and The Sea of Trees (2015). Van Sant currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sponsored by Amazon Studios, The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC in Renton, Red Element Studios

  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Principal Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Beth Ditto
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Producer: Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Steve Golin, Nicolas Lhermitte
  • Screenplay: Gus Van Sant
  • Cinematographers: Christopher Blauvelt
  • Editors: David Marks, Gus Van Sant
  • Music: Danny Elfman
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Sea of Trees (2015); Promised Land (2012); Restless (2011); Milk (2008); Paranoid Park (2007); Last Days (2005); Elephant (2003); Gerry (2002); Finding Forrester (2000); Psycho (1998); Good Will Hunting (1997); To Die For (1995); My Own Private Idaho (1991); Mala Noche (1986)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Amazon Studios