FESTIVALS: * RIDM (Montreal) * Bergen * Austin * Hot Springs * BFI London * Zurich * Maine * Little Rock * DOXA * Santa Barbara * Karlovy Vary International Film Festival * 47. Solothurner Filmtage - 47ème Journées de Soleure
AWARDS: * Best Documentary - Zurich Film Festival
* Festival Favorite Award - Sonoma
* Big Sky Award Artistic Vision - Big Sky DFF
* Best Documentary - Austin Film Festivalb
* Special Jury Mention Award - Docaviv Film Festival
Darwin. no services ahead
Human Interest, Social Issues
Running time |
88’ - 59'
Once a thriving – and reputedly debauched – mining settlement in Death Valley, California, today Darwin is little more than a ghost town, harbouring a scant population of just 35. Away from the trappings of the modern world, this disparate community live an uncomplicated life without government, church, jobs, or children. Among those populating this no-man’s-land are Monty, an acerbic ex-miner who has been in Darwin since the 1950s, Susan, the town’s resident postmistress who knows everybody’s business, and Ryal, a young transman living with his partner Penny.
Through a series of candid interviews, Nick Brandestini uncovers the often troubled pasts of Darwin’s inhabitants, each drawn to the isolated existence this outpost can offer them, even if some can feel trapped in the sweeping expanse of the Mojave Desert.
"Exposes ever deeper layers. We can only marvel at DARWIN"
NEW YORK TIMES
"A beautiful, elegiac work with unexpected impact and meaning"
LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Exquisite... The stuff that used to comprise novels... Recommended"
"Atmospheric documentary set in Death Valley is surprisingly captivating."
FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL