Screening exclusively at Chicago’s Facets Cinematheque is Nathan Silver’s new film, Thirst Street (Recommended). Silver blipped on my radar back in 2014 for his film Uncertain Terms. It’s an intriguing curio from a filmmaker still finding his way, though the elements of something great stewed beneath its surface (his use of actress Tallie Medel was especially provocative). I was more impressed with his follow-up, Stinking Heaven, featuring Hannah Gross of Mindhunter fame. Many of the preoccupations and anxious rhythms that were a highlight of Uncertain Terms were more carefully calibrated and authentic in Stinking Heaven, even if it remained a little rough around the edges. But with Thirst Street, I’m seeing a filmmaker truly cultivate his worldview. Not only is Thirst Street a formal zenith in Silver’s filmography, but it also features one of the best performances of the year.Read More
Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven screens this weekend at Facets Cinémathèque. For additional ticketing information, click here.
Late into Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven, a character makes a snide remark regarding his desire to surround himself with people, women, who seek pleasure. It gives him pleasure to be around the pleasure-seeking. Set in a sober-living commune in the 90s, the characters that populate Stinking Heaven make no outright mention of depression or anhedonia, but they don’t have to: the litany of their suffering hangs over every character’s head, drifting over them in a noxious miasma that threatens to consume them all.Read More