Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 3rd, 2011
American indie director Jonathan Caouette made quite a splash several years ago with his semi-autobiographical documentary-meets-fiction film TARNATION. His follow up film WALK AWAY RENEE, which continues the story of the director and his relations with family and friends, has been picked up for North American rights by Sundance Selects, a division of IFC Films. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Critics Week section, where it screened as a work-in-progress. Caouette is currently spending the summer finishing the film, the final version of which will have a premiere at one of the upcoming Fall festivals. In the film, Caouette embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill mother Renee across the country. As they encounter roadblocks in the present, the director flashes back to recreated moments from the past, giving us insight into this anything-but-ordinary mother/son relationship. Through musical montage, psychedelic sequences and real and imagined set pieces, WALK AWAY RENEE raises questions about love, sacrifice, and the ties that bind in familial relations.