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Oscar ballots hit the post office one week from today but movies often live well beyond the confines of awards season if they're any good.

One film that I suspect will be vying for the great honor of Best Future Shelf Life,with or without Oscar nominations,is Sean Durkin's cult dramaMartha Marcy May Marlene.Durkin was recently named one of Forbes "30 Under 30"and a week ago the prestigiousLos Angeles Film Critics Associationnamed the creative team the recipients of this year's "New Generations"award.It's one of the best critical calls this season;who wouldn't be eager to see what this team comes up with next?

I spoke to Durkin recently about his debut feature which hits BluRay and DVD on February 21st,2012.That happens to be one week before the Oscars but let's not get hung up on dates since Martha herself never knows what time it is.亚博主页

There are no clocks or calendars in those places.People totally lose track of time..."

The FYC Original Screenplay shipped to votersSo Durkin tells me while discussing his research for the film and interviews he'd had with former cult members like the fictional Martha."They don't remember anything about the first couple of weeks.But they get flashes and then they remember lying to everyone about where they've been.They're always paranoid."Piecing together the past when your identity has been systemically reprogrammed is difficult work. The decision to crosscut between the past and present,Martha never quite able to keep them separate,seemed like the only way to go."It just made sense to me"

The challenging movie favors ambiguity in its storytelling.The writer/director laughs when asked which question he most hates getting during the ambiguous-averse tradition of Q&As.(He's been promoting the movie for nearly a year now,starting at Sundance,and I figure he's heard some doozies.)

That's an original question!Whatever people feel when they're watching it or if they walk out,it's all fine."

[Ambiguity,That Title and What's Next?after the jump]


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