Chained For Life: trailer for acclaimed comedy drama

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Heading into UK cinemas today is Chained For Life – and here’s the trailer.

Relatively new UK distributor Anti-Worlds Releasing has been snapping up some interesting films, and ensuring they get seen on the big screen in Britain. Next on its roster is the comedy drama Chained For Life, from director Aaron Schimberg.

It stars Adam Pearson and Jess Weixler, and it tells the story of an actress on the set of her new film, where she struggles to find a connection with her co-star, Rosenthal. Rosenthal is a man with a facial deformity, and the film explores the relationship between the two lead characters, both on the set of their film and off it.

Here’s a trailer for the film, and the synopsis is underneath…

Building on the promise of his hallucinogenic debut Go Down Death, Brooklyn filmmaker Aaron Schimberg delivers another brilliantly oddball, acerbically funny foray into gonzo surrealism. In a deft tragicomic performance, Jess Weixler (Teeth) plays Mabel, a movie star “slumming it” in an outré art-horror film being shot in a semi-abandoned hospital. Cast opposite her is Rosenthal (Under the Skin’s Adam Pearson), a gentle-natured young man with a severe facial deformity. As their relationship evolves both on and offscreen, Schimberg raises provocative questions about cinematic notions of beauty, representation, and exploitation. Tod Browning crossed with Robert Altman crossed with David Lynch only begins to describe something this startlingly original and deeply felt.

The film arrives in the UK today, October 25th.

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