|Out on:||Theatrical 22nd July 2022
VOD 22nd July 2022
"An opportunity to bask in Vonnegut’s wit and intelligence" THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Gorgeously rendered, unexpectedly moving" LOS ANGELES TIMES
"An intimate portrait of a comic legend" SLANT MAGAZINE
“Fascinating, and articulated in vivid detail” ROGEREBERT.COM
“An erudite and affectionate portrait of its subject” INDIEWIRE
“Beguiling… the viewer feels like they have spent a couple of hours’ in Vonnegut’s affable, smart and funny company” THE GUARDIAN
Altitude announce that the brilliantly thought-provoking and poignant KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME is being released in UK and Irish cinemas and on Altitude.film and other digital platforms from 22 July.
KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME is a remarkable, essential tribute to the iconoclastic superstar author, guru, philosopher and oracle who wrote, hilarious and scathingly about how to act decently in an indecent society. This decades-in-the-making feature documentary - the first of its kind on Vonnegut, and released in the centenary year of his birth - is a wildly entertaining and enlightening look at the author's upbringing and his creative output, supplemented with a wealth of never before seen footage.
Shooting began in 1988 after fledging filmmaker Robert Weide (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, LENNY BRUCE: SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH) wrote a tentative letter to his literary idol proposing a documentary on Vonnegut’s life and work: the resulting film reflects the friendship and bond Weide and Vonnegut formed over the years.
In the film, past, present, and future cease to become linear as Weide strives to get an overview of his subject’s life and his own role in it. KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME is first and foremost a biography of a beloved American author. But it also documents a filmmaker’s odyssey as he examines the impact of a writer’s legacy on his own life, extending far beyond the printed page.
A superb introduction for the uninitiated, this is an astonishingly revealing, beautifully rich and almost unbearably moving document of a true American literary legend, whose skewed, prophetic visions are more vital and astonishing now than ever before.
The film spans Vonnegut’s childhood in Indianapolis, his experiences during World War TWO, his marriage, family, and divorce, his early careers as a publicist for General Electric and a car salesman, and his long years as a struggling writer, leading to eventual superstardom in 1969 following the publication of his lightning-bolt anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME IS RELEASED IN UK AND IRISH CINEMAS AND ON ALTITUDE.FILM AND OTHER DIGITAL PLATFORMS FROM 22 JULY
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Altitude Media Group is the independent UK based studio launched in 2012 by chairman Will Clarke and joint-CEO Andy Mayson. The group comprises of Altitude Film Production, Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall, Altitude Film Distribution with Managing Director Lia Devlin, Altitude Factual with Managing Director Paul Sowerbutts and Altitude Television. Since 2020, US based investment group 30WEST have held a significant minority stake in the group.
Since launching in 2013 Altitude Film Distribution have proudly supported talented filmmakers and given their films the dynamic and bold releases they deserve.
To date Altitude have championed over 150 films, ranging from the Academy and BAFTA award-winners, MOONLIGHT, ROCKS, MINARI, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, AMY, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO through to critically acclaimed THE FLORIDA PROJECT, DIEGO MARADONA, LADY MACBETH, BEAST, THE RIDER, LES MISÉRABLES, WHITNEY and more.
Altitude’s recent releases include LANCASTER, Clio Barnard’s BIFA award winning ALI & AVA, Blerta Basholli’s triple Sundance Film Festival-winner HIVE, THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN from BAFTA nominees Peter Middleton and James Spinney, Palme D’Or winner TITANE from writer and director Julia Ducournau, Oliver Stone’s JFK REVISITED: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, award-winning PIG starring Nicolas Cage, TINA from directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, Alex Winter’s ZAPPA, CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN from director Julien Temple, Russell Crowe thriller UNHINGED, Nick Rowland’s critically acclaimed CALM WITH HORSES, HORRIBLE HISTORIES: THE MOVIE – ROTTEN ROMANS, Jonah Hill’s MID90S and Brian Welsh’s BEATS. In 2020 Altitude partnered with the WWF on the global event release of DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET, which became the widest ever released documentary in the UK and Ireland.
Forthcoming releases include KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME from acclaimed director Bob Weide, feature documentary THE PRINCESS from Academy Award-nominee Ed Perkins, Ari Folman’s WHERE IS ANNE FRANK, TED K. starring Sharlto Copley, BUTCHER’S CROSSING starring Nicolas Cage, Paul Raci and Fred Hechinger and the yet to be titled feature documentary on iconic British filmmaking duo Powell & Pressburger narrated by Martin Scorsese and directed by David Hinton.