Here’s the official trailer of Memphis, one of the three finalist feature films of the first edition of Biennale College – Cinema. Directed by Tim Sutton (Pavilion) and produced by John Baker (Dragonslayer), Memphis stars Willis Earl Beal as a rising star who descends into madness trying to save his troubled soul. Here’s the synopsis:
A strange singer with ‘god given talent’ drifts through his adopted city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolfpack of kids, the sweet yet unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. His journey quickly drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-come-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, authenticity, surrealism, and the search for glory within the abstract harmonies of life in a mythic city.
Screenings at the 70. Venice Internazional Film Festival:
- Saturday 31st August, 2.30pm, Sala Perla
- Monday 2nd September, 9.00am, Sala Pasinetti (Industry only)
- Wednesday 4th September, 8.00pm, Sala Perla 2
- Saturday 7th September, 2.00pm Sala Casinò
Memphis is also part of the program of the Web Theatre: it will be available for viewing around the world in streaming concurrently with the official screening on the Lido on the 31st August. Further info here.