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CRAVE - Toronto Premiere! - Fri, Oct 19, 6.45 PM at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Directed by Charles de Lauzirika, USA, 2012, 113 mins **Director In Attendance for Q&A!**

Principal Cast: Ron Perlman, Edward Furlong, Josh Lawson, Emma Lung

Toronto Premiere, One Screening Only
Fri, Oct 19, 6.45pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. at Bathurst. Door Tickets from: 5.45pm, Seating from: 6.15pm.
$14 Regular Ticket, $24 Double Feature Ticket with INBRED at 9.45 pm. Buy Advance Tickets Online Here until 11.59pm Day Before Screening

Short Description

With echoes of TAXI DRIVER and FIGHT CLUB, this award-winning directorial debut film from BLADE RUNNER Ultimate Edition producer Charles de Lauzirika sees a mentally unstable crime scene photographer spiralling into darkness, madness and violent vigilantism on the gritty streets of Detroit. Also features a fantastic supporting turn from Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) as a veteran cop whose seen more than one murder too many.

The Buzz

“One of the best films to appear this year….CRAVE is the kind of tough, uncompromising character study that Hollywood used to turn out with regularity.”- Fangoria

“Gets under the skin in the way the best character movies do.”  - Ain’t It Cool

“A must-see…..a cleverly written, brilliantly acted and visually stimulating film that pulls off the always tricky juggling act of balancing drama and humor.”  - Joblo.com

Official Selection - Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, Sitges Film Festivals

Winner - 2 Film Festival Awards - including Best Director,  Fantastic Fest ‘Next Wave’ Competition and Best First Feature Film, Fantasia Film Festival

Synopsis

Thirty-something Aiden (Josh Lawson) is a freelance crime scene photographer, roaming the mean streets of Detroit looking for carnage. Obsessed with the violence he witnesses every day, Aiden has regressed into living in his own head, vividly imagining violent revenge scenarios, as well as his own heroics.  After a casual fling with Virginia (Emma Lung), a young woman living in his apartment building, turns sour and a violent confrontation in a convenience store hold-up, Aiden’s tenuous grasp on reality finally cracks. 

CRAVE is a supremely impressive directorial debut by Charles de Lauzirika, highly regarded for his work producing the BLADE RUNNER Ultimate Edition. Along with a stellar lead performance by Lawson as Aiden, a fantastic supporting turn by Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) as his police officer confidant, de Lauzirika has crafted a darkly humourous decent of a character you’ll love one minute and despise the next. Like a whimsical version of TAXI DRIVER, this film will strike a chord with the daydreamer in all of us, though we may not like what we see.
- Steven Landry

Screens with Short Film:
THE CAPTURED BIRD
Best Short Film, Fantasia Film Festival 2012
Jovanka Vuckovic, 10 min, Canada, 2012
A young girl witnesses the birth of unspeakable evil in this darkly poetic fable that melds H.P. Lovecraft with Hans Christian Anderson, executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro.

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