Acclaimed actor and HIFF 2017 Halekulani Lifetime Award Recipient BILL PULLMAN will be in attendance for the first screening of this film.
Bill Pullman turns in the best performance of his career in the THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN, which has the best log line ever for a film: “A coming-of-age Western for a 63 year old man.” Pullman plays a 63-year-old sidekick, Lefty Brown, in the wilds of late 19th century Montana, where he’s forced to take charge when the traditional hero (Peter Fonda) is suddenly killed.
By giving the spotlight to an archetype usually relegated to the background, writer-director Jared Moshé (DEAD MAN’S BURDEN) puts a revisionist spin on a throwback western. The director applies elegant attention to barren, gold-hued landscapes copy and pasted right out of John Ford’s oeuvre. Once again shooting on glorious 35mm film (the first thing we see before the title credits is a Kodak logo, which registers as a boast), Moshé resurrects the big screen possibilities of a genre in pure visual terms.
But the film really belongs to Pullman, who’s the same age as his character and clearly invested in the potential of this underdog story. Adopting a high-pitch whine and the staggered movements of an aging rider, he risks turning Lefty into a two-bit caricature and instead delivers his best performance in years, a genuine lead role where you’d least expect it. The result is a tip of the hat to the once hallowed genre ruled by John Wayne, but also to Bill Pullman himself, who turns a masterful performance that makes him truly one of the finest character actors working today.
Synopsis written by: Anderson Le