Quentin Dupieux is one of those rare, auteur-out-the-gate directors that slams into the scene with an unmistakable style. This was clear with his first film Rubber, and the festival life of his second film Wrong has only confirmed it. Now Wrong has a studio home as Drafthouse Films has acquired the film for distribution.
Aside from the promise of a 2013 run in limited theaters (read: Drafthouse theatres) and VOD, there’s no specific details about when to expect the film to be available to audiences. However, to celebrate the release of the film (and to harvest some more addresses for the ole email chain), the Drafthouse has put out two tracks from the film’s soundtrack. Quentin Dupieux himself along with collaborator Tahiti Boy composed the score from the film, and it is quite in line with Dupieux’s familiar sound (which he’s cultivated as electronic artist Mr. Oizo).
The tracks are great (especially “Resolution” which sounds directly ported from a 70s TV theme or something), and you should definitely nab them.
If 2013 bums you out becaues you were looking forward to the film so much, do keep in mind that Dupieux has already begun to fill out the Wrong universe with his feature-length series of shorts called Wrong Cops. The first episode was available online during Cannes and is great, though it’s no longer available online. You should keep an eye out though, as there are more shorts for Oizo to preview, and the chance that the first chapter will be made available again. The shorts are not together a “sequel” to Wrong, though it does seem obvious that there is some character crossover.
Full press release below.
DRAFTHOUSE FILMS MAKES RIGHT WITH “WRONG”
Bizarro Sundance 2012 Comedy From
“RUBBER” Visionary Will Hit Screens & VOD Next Year
AUSTIN, TX – Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced their acquisition of North American rights to Wrong, the new feature film from electronic musician-turned-director/writer/editor/cinematographer/composer Quentin Dupieux. Wrong is a willfully surreal comedy, which made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, about a man’s frantic search for his kidnapped dog and the strange characters he encounters along the way. A limited theatrical and VOD release is planned for 2013. Fans can download two tracks for free from the album’s soundtrack (available August 27 from Because Music) co-composed by Mr. Oizo (Dupieux’s musical nom de plume) and Tahiti Boy here: http://t.opsp.in/g05dU .
Dupieux’s acclaimed 2010 Cannes Film Festival hit Rubber earned international media attention for its bold premise about a homicidal tire with head-exploding telekinetic abilities. Wrong takes place in an equally entrancing and hilariously hallucinatory universe all its own. Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick of Reno 911) wakes up one morning to find that his beloved dog Paul has vanished. In a desperate attempt to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph must embark on a spiritual journey guided by enigmatic pony-tailed guru Master Chang (William Fichtner) to metaphysically reconnect with his pet. On his quest, Dolph encounters a series of characters whose lives he drastically alters including a promiscuous pizza delivery girl, a jogging-addicted neighbor, an opportunistic French-Mexican gardener, and an eccentric pet detective (Steve Little, Eastbound And Down).
Dupieux’s absurdly comic world is uncompromisingly unusual, breaking almost every known narrative cinematic convention and culminating in what critics champion as “textbook surrealism…definitely worth your attention,” (io9.com). It’s “Groundhogs Day remade by Luis Buñuel,” (Indiewire). More candidly, “Wrong will melt your f###ing brain into ice cream,” (JoBlo).
“I love dogs and I am fascinated by the relationship between people and dogs,” says Dupieux. “I get along with dogs better than I do with people! Wrong is an homage to this special love between people and dogs.”
“Wrong’s demented universe is a perfect fit for our brand of artfully unusual films,” says Drafthouse Films founder/CEO Tim League, “and Quentin proves once again that he is one of contemporary cinema’s true fearless visionaries who refuses to play by the rules.”
The deal was negotiated by Drafthouse Films COO James Shapiro and Chris Perez on behalf of Drafthouse Films, Producer Gregory Bernard and Michael Donaldson of Donaldson & Callif on behalf of Rubber Films and Realitism Films.