Next up from the American Film Market (AFM) is Steve McQueen’s Shame. The film is the follow-up to McQueen’s BAFTA-nominated Hunger, and reunites the director with actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds). And just to be clear, this is NOT the Steve McQueen (Bullitt, The Great Escape) who died in 1980.
Hit the jump to sneak a peek at the promo poster and synopsis.
UPDATE: The studio has asked us to remove the poster. Sorry if you missed it.
Here’s the bare-bones synopsis for Shame:
Brandon (Michael Fassbender, Inglourious Basterds, Hunger, A Dangerous Method) is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon’s world spirals out of control.
From director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.
Though I have not seen Hunger, in which Fassbender plays Bobby Sands, an imprisoned IRA member and leader of the 1981 hunger strike, I’ve read about its brutal and graphic realism of a human body wasting away. Hunger depicts the lengths to which human beings will go to achieve something, a theme presumably continued in Shame. Rather than the physical degradation presented in Hunger, McQueen’s new project looks to delve into the social and psychological effects of a mismanaged sex life. If the teaser poster is any indication, Shame promises to be a deeply introspective film.