Just last week I managed to finally connect with Vincent Gallo’s low budget, break-out indie film from 1998., Buffalo ’66. Pleasantly surprised by the artfullness on display and the goofy but heartfelt drama appearing on screen, I remarked that it was strange that he only made one more film after this one (The Brown Bunny) and then all but disappeared from the director’s realm of movie making. Then with some research found that The Brown Bunny was pretty universally panned. So what might’ve seemed like simple discouragement brings about a total give-up, was actually apparently just a long hiatus to “gather himself.”
Apparently Gallo is back in the writer/director chair and has entered his latest film into this year’s Cannes Film Fest. This newest effort, Promises Written in Water tells the story of “a terminally ill girl that has decided that instead of seeking medical treatment, to kill herself after she begins experiencing the pain of her disease. She wants to be cremated, and asks a young photographer to ensure this. He begins working at a funeral home so he can cremate her himself when she dies.”
The very minimal Wiki page claims that Sage Stallone makes an appearance in the film and also originally said this was a “snuff” film. But in the last day or so, the word “snuff” has been removed from that description.
Whether the film will actually be in contention for awards at the Film Fest remains to be seen and is probably unlikely. But either way, given the infamy of his last two pictures, there will no doubt be plenty of buzz surrounding this latest picture. The fact that was all filmed in black and white, 16mm film stock intrigues me a great deal and I plan on catching The Brown Bunny asap, so’s that I know what all of the fuss is about before eventually sinking into Promises Written in Water.