Montreal-made DIE has its North American Premiere TONIGHT!
Montrealer Domenic Laurence James’ shattering psychological thriller DIE makes its long-awaited North American premiere tonight at 9:30pm in the Salle JA DeSeve.
After a shocking opening sequence featuring Canadian character favourite Stephen McHattie (Pontypool), we are thrust into a dark world of regret, desperation, suicidal ruminations and – possibly – redemption. In his latest in a long line of heavy performances (maybe with the exception of his nevertheless iconic turn as Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) Elias Koteas (Crash) stars as an anguished ex-cop whose suicide attempt lands him in a mysterious locked room with five other people all seemingly brought there by the same fateful decision (including a devastating turn by Emily Hampshire of Good Neighbours and The Trotsky). Six haunted souls, forced into a bizarre game of Russian Roulette with a sinister figure who claims to be helping them see the value of life through a mock-trial in which he is judge and jury. But reserves the role of executioner for the participants themselves, as each is asked to roll a die that will decide whether or not one of the others deserves a second chance at life.
Moody cinematography beautifully underscores the film’s fragile emotional space, as the characters watch their battlescars ripple through the lives and deaths of the others around them. The first feature from the director of Lotto 6/66 (seen at Fantasia 2007), DIE is a gamble worth taking.
More info on the film page HERE.