The acclaimed director (The Dark Knight Rises) in person to present his debut feature FOLLOWING in a new 35mm restoration.
The visionary filmmaker behind the reimagined Batman franchise and the mind-blowing Inception comes to IFC Center to screen his groundbreaking first feature, the microbudget British indie neonoir FOLLOWING, shown in a new 35mm restoration, along with the rare early short DOODLEBUG.
Before he became a sensation with the twisty revenge story Memento, Christopher Nolan fashioned this low-budget, 16 mm black-and-white neonoir with comparable precision and cunning. Providing irrefutable evidence of Nolan’s directorial bravura, Following is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for when one of his unwitting subjects leads him down a dark criminal path. With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), Following is a mind- bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.
From his auspicious debut, Christopher Nolan has emerged as that rare contemporary filmmaker whose work is as intensely embraced, analyzed and debated by ordinary film fans as by critics and film academics. One of the most innovative storytellers and image makers at work in movies today, Nolan has segued seamlessly from the margins of independent cinema to the top of the Hollywood A-list while revealing himself as a master sleight-of-hand illusionist and an obsessive explorer of the human psyche, with a particular affinity for the tricks of perception and memory.