Friday, July 26th marked the opening of Rick Alverson's The Mountain. Alverson accompanied actor Jeff Goldblum to screenings at IFC Center for Q&A's moderated by Ari Aster (director Midsommar). The film is still playing at IFC and will roll out with a limited release nationwide through Kino Lorber.
The Mountain is visually stunning. From the very beginning, you are mesmerized, albeit puzzled. Much like a sentence tells a straight forward story, The Mountain tells its story like a poem.
It is a 1950's road trip visiting asylums across America. Following the death of his father, a young man Andy (Tye Sheridan) is enlisted into the service of a doctor (Jeff Goldblum). Andy takes photos of the doctor performing transorbital lobotomies at the asylums. The doctor is on the tour showcasing his methods at a time when they are being replaced by pharmaceutical remedies.
Below are some photos and a video from the Q&A following the early screening on Friday night at the IFC Center.
Ari Aster, Jeff Goldblum, Rick Alverson
Ari Aster, Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum taking selfies and signing autographs outside the theater.