I haven’t seen any of Hal Hartley‘s films and from what I understand that might be something of a prerequisite when heading into his newest feature, Ned Rifle, which will have its world premiere at this year’s 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Ned Rifle is the third and final chapter of Hartley’s tragicomic epic begun with Henry Fool in 1997 and continued with Fay Grim ten years later 2007. At once a saga concerning the Grim family of Queens and how their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of the self-proclaimed genius Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan), the trilogy is also an illustration of America’s grappling with ideas, art, politics, and religion over the course of 20 years. In this swiftly paced and expansive conclusion, Henry and Fay’s son Ned (Liam Aiken) sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother’s life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome, sexy and hilarious Susan (Aubrey Plaza), whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family.
Along with those mentioned above, the film co-stars Martin Donovan, Parker Posey and James Urbaniak.
Just below is the first trailer along with a couple more stills from the movie.