After a series of short films, including Platinum REMI award winning Spare, Tomer Almagor is making his feature directing debut with the dark romance 9 Full Moons. The low budget indie which was shot in July has a cast featuring independent film darlings Amy Seimetz and Bret Roberts as the leads, Californication’s Pamela Adlon, Winter’s Bone’s Dale Dickey, legendary Harry Dean Stanton, and an appearance from Donal Logue.
9 Full Moons focuses on Frankie (Seimetz) and Lev (Roberts), two damaged souls wrangling personal demons who find each other amidst singer-songwriter music scene of East Los Angeles and Hollywood. The filmmakers describe Frankie as “a wildly enigmatic train wreck, a hard-partying social butterfly with an authentic grab on life” and Lev as a “solitary, stoic young man with deep aspirations to becoming one of those legendary musical vagabonds he so devoutly looks up to.”
After her understated but poignant performance in The Off-Hours, Amy Seimetz was singled out as one of the breakout actresses of 2011 by The Hollywood Reporter alongside Brit Marling, Elizabeth Olsen, and Felicity Jones, while the Los Angeles Times called her the 2011 Sundance MVP. She has become a ubiquitous presence in the independent film world, slipping from the role of actress to producer to director in various films that pop up on the festival circuit. And, Bret Roberts is the indie’s best kept secret. He too is a multi-hyphenate that recently won the Best New Filmmaker award at the LA Downtown Film Festival alongside his producing partner Brian McGuire.
Roberts is no stranger to Park City either, having starred in an impressive four films that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival including most recently The Violent Kind and The Off-Hours opposite–yes–Amy Seimetz. Seimetz in fact has directed her own feature film, a Floridian thriller titled Sun Don’t Shine which is being called a shoo-in for this year’s Sundance fest by Ion Cinema. Roberts is also a producer on the film, along with Off-Hours alum Joy Saez and wife to the filmmaker Gabrielle Almagor.
9 Full Moons would seem to fit perfectly in the NEXT section of the Sundance Film Festival, boasting two performances by the leads that are being buzzed about as star-making, and a directorial debut by Almagor that brings to mind that of Drake Doremus and Sean Durkin.
The film is looking to make its festival premiere in early 2012.
Below is an early teaser that looks nothing short of fantastic.