IFC Films and Apple have revealed the first trailer for the John Krasinski directed film Brief Interviews with Hideous Men this morning. Based on a book by the late David Foster Wallace, the film follows a graduate student (Julianne Nicholson) as she sets out to uncover the true nature of men in an attempt to cope with her own recent break-up. This is Krasinski’s first film as a director, one that I had the pleasure of seeing at Sundance in January. And let me say this: the source material — a favorite book of mine — is on par with Watchmen in its level of difficulty for adaptation. It has long been thought to be a near-impossible work to adapt. And what Krasinski has done with this star-studded affair is nothing short of immaculate, especially for a first time director. It is a fresh new voice telling an ambitious story that delivers dramatic moments that are poignant and deeply affecting, and comedic moments that are true to life.
The only problem, as I explained in my review (which you can read here), is that the film’s faithfulness to the source material almost cripples it’s accessibility. You can’t sell this as an indie darling to the masses, as its more aptly fit for the intellectual crowd. So if you’re an elitist douche such as myself, please enjoy the trailer. If you’re anyone else, I’m not curious to see what you think.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men goes into limited release on September 25, 2009.