Vikar is a lost soul journeying through Hollywood 1969, a land of myths, beauty and monsters.
The studio system is in decay, and a new generation of brash filmmakers are on the rise.
With his shaved head marked by a tattoo from his favorite film, 1951’s A Place in the Sun, Vikar is a bizarre presence even amid the dreamers and players. He finds work first building sets, then as an apprentice editor obsessed with wielding the power of moving images. As his involvement in the creative process deepens, so does his fascination with a tragic screen goddess named Soledad. Together they discover just how hard it is to live in the blurred boundary between reality and illusion.
Coming to myCinema enabled theaters September 2019.
Directed by: James Franco
Starring: James Franco (The Disaster Artist, 127 Hours, The Interview, Pineapple Express), Megan Fox (Transformers, Jennifer’s Body, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Seth Rogen (Superbad, The Interview, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up), Joey King (“The Kissing Booth”), with Jacki Weaver (Widows, Bird Box, Silver Linings Playbook), with cameos from Dave Franco (The Disaster Artist, Neighbors, 21 Jump Street), Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live, The Dictator), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, Eastbound & Down), Craig Robinson (The Office, This is the End, Pineapple Express), Gus Van Sant (Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, My Own Private Idaho), and another funny comedic genius (shhh, not to be mentioned).
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A newcomer gets off the bus in Hollywood hoping to work in the movies.
You’ve heard that one before, but this familiar tale is told with a surrealist twist in ZEROVILLE, the tragic, funny, and wondrous story about one outsider’s love of film, the passion of cinematic storytellers, and the cruelty of show business.
Based on author Steve Erickson's 2007 novel, director James Franco (The Disaster Artist, The Sound and the Fury) stars as Ike Jerome, a.k.a. “Vikar,” a runaway seminarian who abandons his faith after being awestruck by a very different message delivered in blinding light — a screening of 1951’s A Place in the Sun. It’s the first motion picture has ever seen, and the emotional power of director George Stevens’ classic film has imprinted itself on him in both literal and figurative ways. His shaven head now bears a tattoo of an intimate scene between stars Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Cliff, and he is on a quest to find a place for himself in the art form that can open people up to such intense feelings.
The Hollywood Vikar encounters in 1969 is on the cusp of a creative explosion, with the decadent old studio system in decline and a group of daring young filmmakers seizing control. Vikar first finds work in set construction, then discovers another way to help build movies when he is befriended by Dotty Langer (Jacki Weaver), a wise and kind-hearted film editor who takes him into her care and teaches him the skills of cutting together a story. He also befriends the barbaric screenwriter nicknamed Viking Man (Seth Rogen), a gregarious, gunslinging raconteur with apocalyptic appetites who introduces him to other real-life — and larger-than-life — filmmakers emerging at the dawn of this rebellious era in Hollywood history.
He discovers darkness on the margins of the illuminated screen, and vicious things live there. One of them is crass production executive Mitch Rondell, who successfully enlists Vikar’s help in salvaging one of his studio’s troubled productions only to meddle in his efforts to create something truly visionary. As Vikar becomes immersed in the project, he obsesses over Megan Fox’s Soledad Paladin, an actress cynically cast for her sexual allure who meets a quick, gruesome end in the film. Vikar sees hidden depth in her work and hopes to craft something more meaningful out of her enigmatic performance.
As he tries to save her character onscreen, he also attempts to do the same in real life, befriending and protecting a woman who has so often been exploited and discarded. He also forges a bond with her teenage daughter, Zazi (Joey King,) an innocent like Vikar who has witnessed the destructive side of the film industry firsthand but is only beginning to discover the power of movies to bring people together.
In this odyssey through the Hollywood dreamscape, Vikar encounters critics, creators, killers, thieves, parasites, and mystics in a story that walks the balance between the absurd and heartbreaking, the skeptical and romantic, and the real and unreal.
The former holy man may not know if eternal life exists, but being immortalized on film is as close as anyone can get.
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