Graphic novels aren’t usually a giant a part of the Cannes Movie Competition though the odd movie based mostly on a comic book sneaks in from time to time. The seventy fifth version of essentially the most prestigious fest of all of them is now happening, and there’s one movie set on this planet of comics that’s debuting within the Director’s Fortnight: Humorous Pages, written and directed by Owen Kline.
Starring Daniel Zolghadri and Matthew Maher, it’s described as “A bitingly humorous coming-of-age story of a teenage cartoonist who rejects the comforts of his suburban life in a misguided quest for soul.” It’s produced by the Safdie Brothers and indie powerhouse A24 – and though it’s been completed for fairly a while, it’s simply popping out now.
Kline is not any stranger to showbiz – as a toddler actor he starred in The Squid and the Whale amongst different issues – however that is his directing debut. He’s additionally no stranger to the world of comics – I met him manner again within the day on the previous Rocketship Comics occasions. For complete authenticity, Humorous Pages was partially shot at JHU on Staten Island, and the movie seems to be to delve into comics life with some accuracy.
I reached out to Kline to study a bit extra in regards to the movie: “It’s a few younger cartoonist who additionally works in a comics store,” he advised me. “One other essential character he meets is a bitter Picture Comics colour separator fallen to the wayside.”
The movie additionally contains plenty of precise comics, with Johnny Ryan producing the primary character’s work and Rick Altergott doing the artwork of the primary character’s mentor.
So why this world? “I needed to make a film a few cartoonist, and the airtight seal of an area comics store. I needed to be a cartoonist after I was youthful so it was simply material I used to be aware of. I spotted in a short time that having just a few characters that had been cartoonists was a enjoyable factor to zero in on by way of character element. And I’d get to solid cartoonists of various kinds for the characters to match their beliefs. One very hopeful and un-self-aware character attracts a crude Barks-inspired humorous animal minicomic.”
It’s additionally about “the conflict in comics style and general elitism of the completely different characters,” which ends up in plenty of that biting humor talked about within the blurb.
Humorous Pages might be going to indicate up in theaters or your favourite streaming service later within the yr – positively appears like it would have some attention-grabbing takes on the world of comics.