The Wolf Hour

Alistair Banks Griffin, USA, UK 2019, 99’
The Farewell Zeroville

A sensation of this year’s Sundance Festival. Dense, claustrophobic portrait of June Leigh, a young writer and counterculture figure who in 1977, due to depression, does not leave her cluttered apartment on Bronx. Heat wave lingers in New York; the city is terrorized by a serial killer called Son of Sam or 44 Caliber Killer. Someone starts to stalk June, ringing her doorbell for no reason, and the protagonist’s fear turns into paranoia. Locked within four walls, June limits contact with outside world to bare minimum, but she will eventually have to overcome her fears. Naomi Watt’s vibrant acting and a clever fusion of thriller and psychological ‘vivisection’ make The Wolf Hour one of the most important tales about “women under pressure” in American cinema in years. Alistair Bank Griffin meticulously recreates details of space and time—riot-ridden, dirty city, where Martin Scorsese’s taxi driver used to work back then.

Sebastian Smoliński

Alistair Banks Griffin

A film director, screenwriter and editor, a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design. His short film Gauge debuted at New York Film Festival, while his first feature film Two Hours of Sleep (2010) debuted at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of Cannes Film Festival. He participated in prestigious programs devoted to screenwriting development and film planning, including his residence in Berlin and Sundance Lab, during which he worked on his latest movie, The Wolf Hour.


2010 Dwie bramy snu / Two Gates of Sleep

2019 Godzina wilka / The Wolf Hour

Cast & Crew

director Alistair Banks Griffin
screenplay Alistair Banks Griffin
cinematography Khalid Mohtaseb
editing Robert Mead
music Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
cast Naomi Watts, Emory Cohen, Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeremy Bobb, Brennan Brown
producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Bailey Conway, Bradley Pilz
production Automatik, Bradley Pilz Productions, HanWay Films
sales Park Circus/Universal
language English
coloration colour
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