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SASQUATCH SUNSET Red Band Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg & Riley Keough in the Zellner Bros’ Bigfoot Comedy


Fresh off its Sundance world premiere, David and Nathan Zellner’s Sasquatch Sunset will likely put some pep in the spring season’s step! Their third feature, following Kumiko the Treasure Hunter and Damsel, explores the mythical creatures of the wilderness in a way that might top Planet of the Apes in terms of its realistic depiction and effects. It stars an unrecognizable ensemble of Riley Keough, Jesse Eisenberg, Christophe Zajac-Denek, and co-director Nathan Zellner as a wordless family of sasquatches trying to love and survive in the North American forests. It’s been reported that the cast not only wore full-body prosthetics and fur on set, but also attended a “boot camp” to learn how to have a “lumbering” gait like a Sasquatch would. Eisenberg co-produced the film alongside the Zellners, with Ari Aster and Keough on board as executive producers. Bleecker Street has now released the red band trailer ahead of its release this April.

In his review from Sundance, Editor-at-Large Matt Delman said, “Sasquatch enthusiasts will be more than pleased with the attention to detail, and animal lovers will delight in the forest’s fauna friends. However, what elevates the Zellner brothers’ latest hairy tale is the family dynamics, conjuring a mix of emotions as the Sasquatch pass through life with only each other to hold onto… It’s worth noting that Ari Aster is an executive producer on the film, and helped bring onboard visual effects artist Steve Newburn who also worked on Beau is Afraid. The artistry of the Sasquatch outfit is unmatched. The actors do a tremendous job of emoting through grunts and physical body language, saying a lot through their expressive eyes… The film is frequently hilarious… The Sasquatch clan shrinks and then grows, the unforgiving circle of life on full display. Though on the surface, Sasquatch Sunset may seem niche, it’s actually an epic universal story about a family’s existence on planet Earth. The Zellners, whose past films like Kumiko the Treasure Hunter I have admired greatly, here have made something transformative and a fitting grand culmination of their career’s work.”

As the official synopsis reads:

In the misty forests of North America, a family of Sasquatches—possibly the last of their enigmatic kind— embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey over the course of one year. These shaggy and noble giants fight for survival as they find themselves on a collision course with the ever-changing world around them.

See the trailer and poster below.



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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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