Magnolia has released the first poster and trailer for writer/director David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche. The film is a remake of the Icelandic film Either Way and centers around two highway road workers spending the summer of 1988 in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway.
The film premiered at Sundance to solid reviews, particularly regarding the oddball performances of its leads, Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Gordon wanted to do the film to get back to his independent roots after making three studio films, and this is as independent as it gets, with the majority of the film with just the two leads on screen.
An odd couple of sorts, meditative and stern Alvin and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance, dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As they sink into their job in the remarkable landscape, they learn more than they want to about each other and their own limitations. An unlikely friendship develops through humor and nasty exchanges, leading to surprising affection. Adapted from Icelandic film Either Way, Prince Avalanche is driven by wonderful performances by Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and Lance LeGault. Writer/director David Gordon Green gets back to his independent roots with this character study, which shows his knack for realistically capturing people and finding meaning in their lives and dreams.