There are a lot of ideas and a strong energy in ‘Dreamland,’ which bodes well for Schwartzman's future filmmaking endeavors.
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Los Angeles musician Monty Fagan is going through a rough patch. He's a grown man who lives with his girlfriend... in her mom's house. He wants to open a piano bar... but suffers from an extreme case of insufficient funds. Things take an interesting turn, however, when Monty gets the chance to fill in as the pianist in a swanky hotel bar, where he meets Olivia, an older, wealthy femme fatale with whom he begins a rather torrid affair. Enlivened by Olivia's presence in his life, Monty gets a newfound self-confidence and sexual prowess. But when Olivia starts to throw some much-needed cash at Monty -- dressing him in expensive clothes and offering to fund his dream bar -- he begins worry that being a kept man will destroy his ability to make it on his own terms. The directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, DREAMLAND is a witty update of an 1980s sex comedy, with a wide-eyed young man finding himself amidst a sea of sex, debauchery, and a perfect synth score composed by Schwartzman himself -- also the frontman of the band Rooney, Schwartzman previously scored past TFF title PALO ALTO. Johnny Simmons (JENNIFER'S BODY, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER) sparkles as Monty, in a star-making role that runs the gamut of heartbreaking to hilarious; Amy Landecker ("Transparent," A SERIOUS MAN) co-stars as the sexy Olivia. The stellar supporting cast includes Frankie Shaw ("Mr. Robot"), Beverly D'Angelo (NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION), Alan Ruck (FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF), Noël Wells ("Master of None"), Jason Schwartzman (RUSHMORE), and Talia Shire (ROCKY). The film's soundtrack also features several original songs by the Robert Schwartzman fronted band ROONEY, including their new single "Sad But True."
Comedy, Drama, Music
Benjamin Font, Robert Schwartzman
Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Jason Schwartzman
Nominee, Jury Award ~ Best U.S. Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
Monica Film Center 11.11.16 - 11.17.16