Fresh off of it’s world premiere at the Berlinale Festival, David M. Rosenthal‘s crime thriller A Single Shot got itself a trailer today, and boy is it something to see. The film was adapted by Matthew F. Jones from his own novel and stars Sam Rockwell as a deer hunter who falls into a strange game of cat and mouse with some backwoods criminals. The trailer acts more like a tone poem than a traditional trailer, but in this sense it sets a haunting, elliptical mood that has me very psyched for the film itself, much more so than a straightforward trailer focused on plot and exposition.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself. Set to play the Tribeca Film Festival later this month, A Single Shot also stars Jeffrey Wright, Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs, Ted Levine and William H. Macy.
Some movie fans may note that the trailer has a mood similar to that of Winter’s Bone and perhaps even the works of Terrence Malick (Badlands, Tree Of Life, Days Of Heaven). Others may note the excellent use of Arvo Part‘s chamber music piece Fratres, which was prominently featured in There Will Be Blood a few years back. But however many comparisons we can make, there is indeed something very exciting about Rosenthal’s film as it stands on its own two legs.
For those of you that want a little bit more meat on the plot end, here is the full synopsis:
A SINGLE SHOT revolves around a simple man, John Moon, a tragic accident, his despair and the need for immediate redemption. Moon, while stalking a deer out of season, accidentally shoots and kills a teenage girl. When trying to dispose of her body in a cave, he stumbles upon a hefty sum of money. This starts a tense and thrilling adventure and a deadly game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. John Moon will need to outsmart those hunting him down to save himself and his family.