Mdff Presents Fort Buchanan

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The MDFF PRESENTS series is programmed by a group of local filmmakers and writers dedicated to discovering and championing new cinematic voices. This month we present the impressive French feature debut FORT BUCHANAN.

The first film of American-born, Paris-based writer-director Benjamin Crotty marks the arrival of something rare in contemporary cinema: a wholly original sensibility. Expanding his 2012 short of the same name, Crotty chronicles the tragicomic plight of frail, lonely Roger, stranded at a remote military post in the woods while his husband carries out a mission in Djibouti. Over four seasons, Roger (Andy Gillet, the androgynous star of Eric Rohmer’s The Romance of Astrea and Celadon) seeks comfort and companionship from the army wives in the leisurely yet sexually frustrated community, while trying to keep a lid on his volatile adopted daughter, Roxy. Shot in richly textured 16mm, Crotty’s queer soap opera playfully estranges and deranges any number of narrative conventions, finding surprising wells of emotion amid the carnal comedy.

"A witty and eccentric debut... as if someone had hired the postcolonialist director Claire Denis (Beau Travail) to shoot an episode of M*A*S*H." - The New York Times

"Soapy, sexed-up, and anarchic, Fort Buchanan may be the only military-spouses comic melodrama as indebted to the Lifetime channel as it is to the oeuvre of Eric Rohmer."- Artforum


Language: French with English subtitles
Running time: 65 mins
Screening format: DCP
Year of Production: 2015


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