Sweden’s I Break Horses broke out in 2011 when their debut, Hearts, was met with critical acclaim across Europe and North America. Within a year, singer Maria Lindén and collaborator Fredrik Balck were invited to support M83 on a tour across the United States.
Mistaken For Strangers is unlike any rock documentary you’ve ever seen. Both moving and highly entertaining, the film focuses less on the band it features than it does on the relationship between two brothers: Tom and Matt Berninger, the former a filmmaker, and the latter front-man of indie rock giants The National.
Four years ago, The National was ready to embark on what was to that point the longest and largest world tour of their career. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited along his brother, Tom, to help out on the tour. His band is comprised of two sets of siblings—musicians Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf—but Matt couldn’t be more different than his own brother. Tom, nine years younger and a devout heavy metal fan, brought his camera along on the road. As the tensions rose, the footage he captured revealed as much about himself and about family as it does the band he set out to document.
In Breathe In, Felicity Jones stars as Sophie, a troubled foreign exchange student who moves into the upstate New York home of Keith (Guy Pearce) and Megan (Amy Ryan) Reynolds. Keith is a talented musician who was forced to give up his artistic dreams when their daughter (Mackenzie Davis) was born 17 years earlier, and longs to move on from the suburban teaching job he’s held ever since. A chair opens up at the symphony, and Keith sees his shot at returning to his old, bohemian New York lifestyle. When he finds a kindred, listless soul in the young, musically-gifted Sophie, a romantic relationship forms and the life he has with his family begins to unravel.
Filmmaker Drake Doremus is well-known for his improvisational approach to directing, and his scripts—co-written with Ben York Jones—which focus on character backgrounds and emotional descriptions over traditional dialogue. Breathe In is Doremus’ second collaboration with Felicity Jones and composer Dustin O’Halloran, both of whom he worked with on 2011’s Like Crazy. The film opens March 28th.
The four members of Casual Sex met through the The Green Door Studio in Glasgow, where Sam Smith has worked as an engineer for the past five years. (Prior to that, Smith was the lead vocalist and guitarist for Mother and the Addicts.) Their first single, “Stroh 80,” is now available, along with their debut The Bastard Beat EP.