Tuesday night at the Crosby Hotel, Willem Dafoe’s new flick, The Hunter, premiered. Directed by Daniel Nettheim, and loosely based on a novel of the same name by Julia Leigh, The Hunter is a quasi-survivalist tale that ruminates on the extent of humanity’s capacity for avarice and destruction in its hunt for the potentially-extinct “Tasmanian tiger."
Those familiar with the films of Danish director Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dogville) know that his work isn’t for the faint of heart. Or for those that like to leave the cinema feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. His latest film, bearing the happy-go-lucky title Antichrist, proved that the self-proclaimed “best director in the world” is nothing if not consistent.
Stunning the audience at the world premiere today in Cannes, the film, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe, depicts a middle-aged couple who retreat to a secluded cabin in the woods to get over the loss of their son. Soon, bad things start to happen. Just how bad can be gleaned from an excerpt from Time Magazine, which facetiously compares von Trier’s film to Star Trek: