Donnie Darko – Mad World

We met Richard Kelly, cursed director of one of 2000’s cult films.
Donnie Darko comes out today in restored version and « director’s cut ».

By Michael Patin

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Richard Kelly

Interview

It’s the story of a film that ends up with a plane crash, as it came out in the USA right after September 11th, 2001… Even though Donnie Darko suffered from coming out in theatres in bad circonstances, then it became cult thanks to fans’ word of mouth, who became more and more numerous and were obsessed by this teen movies’ mysteries, directed by a Lynch and Spielberg’s fan. It revealed Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, made us rediscover Patrick Swayze as a scary guru, and also the song « Mad World » in a depressed version…

Just for a minute, Richard Kelly was perceived as the new golden boy of independent cinema, right before Southland Tales (2006) destroyed it all. It was booed at Cannes Festival, never distributed in France, this huge satirical sci-fi film is still waiting to be evaluated again, and remains a cursed film. Bad things coming in pair, we didn’t have any news of the director since The Box (2009), other film-trip more moderated, and also more insignificant. We knew that Kelly wad busy writing new scripts, we feared he might disappear into the limbo of the dreams’ factory… But he showed up in front of our camera to talk about the release of Donnie Darko in theatres once again, in  4K in its two versions, including the « director’s cut » of 2004. An opportunity to fall back into teenage years while waiting (soon, he promesses) a new start.

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