Friday's Child begins like a documentary, showing some interviews with young people raised by social services workers and numerous foster families. The following story, however, focuses on the life of the boy who is starting adult life equipped by his mentors only with a couple of clichés and not enough cash. It is not difficult to predict that soon he will stand at the crossroads, having to choose between a future that is dark and a future that is even worse. In Friday's Child the main character is determined to seek his fate, which resembles the novel of Dostoyevski. At the same time Edwards is surprising the viewer with dramatic twists and as a result creates an archetype, not a stereotype of a broken man. Tye Sherman as the main character confirms his status as one of the brightest stars of the new generation. The shots also deserve appreciation. It is easy to believe that high-contrast shots of the Marfa deserts and industrial Texas actually look like places where a fight of good vs evil takes place.
Shanghai IFF 2018 - Best Actor, Best Cinematography
Born in 1985 in Walnut Creek, California, but he grew up in Texas. His film education was closely tied to the legendary American director Terrence Malick. Since the 2005 film The New World, Edwards has worked with Malick in various capacities, as an editor, a consultant, and a second-unit director. One of the producers of The Better Angels (5. AFF), Edwards’ directorial debut, was Malick himself.
2014 Świętsze od aniołów / The Better Angels
2018 Wolny duch / Friday's Child