When “Swiss Army Man” debuted at Sundance in January, many critics were left conflicted. The film reportedly prompted several walkouts, while also earning plenty of praise. Deadline referred to it as “the Sundance Puzzler.” Now, the trailer for the head-scratching film is out.
In the film, Paul Dano (of last year’s “Love and Mercy”) plays Hank, a man left without hope after being marooned on a deserted island. He is about to end his life, when he spots a flatulent corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) and the two become… err… companions. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who starred in last month’s “10 Cloverfield Lane,” also stars.
A24, which had several big winners last year with “Room” and “Amy,” has picked up the controversial film. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (known as “Daniels”) wrote and directed the odd project, which won the pair the directing prize at Sundance despite its polarizing debut.
Speaking on the weird concept to the film and its origins, the Daniels have said:
Swiss Army Man started out as a silly short film idea years ago involving a stranded guy riding a dead body’s farts off of an island like a jet ski. That was it. Then we started trying to come up with some sort of story that would give us an excuse to do that in a movie and we accidentally wrote a really deeply personal story. Now it’s become this puzzle of a story that still fascinates us. And it’s sort of the ultimate feature-sized example of the narrative and visual roller coaster movies we’ve been working on the past few years together. It’s gonna’ be our Apocalypse Now, where we disappear into the forest for weeks and lose our minds and discover who we are as men.
And there you have it. The trailer for “Swiss Army Man” can be viewed below. The poster for the film has also been released and can be viewed below as well.
The film is slated for release on July 1.