June 12, 2014
SIFF 2014 Best New American Cinema: Grand Jury Prize | A beautifully shot meditation on love and loss, New York couple Peter and Chloe fall into marital crisis while on a research vessel en route to Antarctica.
Echoing Michelangelo Antonioni’s groundbreaking L'Avventura, Scott Cohen’s Red Knot is a modern exploration of love, isolation, and the inescapable vastness of the natural world. Peter (Vincent Kartheiser, "Mad Men") and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby, Juno), a young married couple, jump at the chance to satisfy their wanderlust by taking a belated honeymoon aboard a research vessel bound for Antarctica. Once on board, Peter, a writer, occupies his time documenting the work of whale biologist Roger Payne (playing himself), leaving little time for Chloe. Feeling increasingly neglected by her husband, Chloe begins to drift closer to the enigmatic Captain Emerson (Billy Campbell, "The Killing"). As Peter dives deeper into his work and Chloe’s sense of abandonment increases, an act of betrayal ultimately divides the young lovers, driving Chloe to separate herself from Peter, both physically and emotionally. Isolated on the ship and separated from humanity by the vast, rugged expanse of Antarctica, Peter and Chloe must plumb the depths of their love to discover what each so desperately needs to move forward. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Southern Ocean and the jagged coast of Antarctica, Scott Cohen’s Red Knot explores the dual themes of isolation and intimacy via the fragile relationship of a pair of newlyweds. With fearless performances from Thirlby and Kartheiser, Red Knot is a fascinating examination of proximity, seclusion, and the ambivalence of love.
Scott Cohen is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer whose recent photography exhibit, “An Unfinished Ballad,” premiered in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City this last winter. Red Knot is his first endeavor into film.
- Director: Scott Cohen
- Principal Cast: Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Thirlby, Billy Campbell, Lisa Harrow, Roger Payne
- Premiere Status: World Premiere
- Country: USA, Argentina, Antarctica
- Year: 2014
- Running Time: 82 minutes
- Producer: Scott Cohen
- Screenplay: Scott Cohen
- Cinematographers: Michael Simmonds
- Editors: Dominic La Perriere
- Music: Garth Stevenson
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP