"-Can I come out and stay in your car and hang out until somebody gets here to stay warm? -It is better if you stay in here, it's warmer here and safer. " (From the film)
A twisted, existential comedic masterwork.
An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he meanders through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. Entertainment is a perfect indictment of broken American dreams; it perfectly blurs the boundary between performance art, comedy and satire. Unsettling, sad and haunting at the same time, Rick Alverson delivers one of the most provoking and challenging films of the year!
2015 LOCARNO JUNIOR JURY AWARD, SUNDANCE
Born in 1971, Rick Alverson directed his first feature, The Builder, in 2010. His second film, New Jerusalem, was screened at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011 while The Comedy was selected for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Entertainment (2015) is his most recent film.