M. Night Shyamalan presents on July 30 in theaters, ‘Time’, the film based on the graphic novel ‘Sand Castle’.
A thriller about a family who, while vacationing in a tropical paradise, discover that the secluded beach is rapidly aging them by reducing their life to a single day. The idea for the film begins when, for Father’s Day, M. Night Shyamalan’s daughters gave him a 2011 graphic novel: ‘Sand Castle’ by French writer Pierre Oscar Lévy and artist Frederik Peeters.
M. Night Shyamalan was consecrated by his thrillers, starting with the successful film with which he achieved fame, nominated for an Oscar, ‘The Sixth Sense’ (1999). Once he finished his blockbuster trilogy ‘Eastrail 177’, which began in 2000 with ‘The Protégé’, followed by ‘Multiple’ and ‘Glass’ in 2019, he started working on the screenplay for ‘Time’. With it, he transforms the story and elevates it into an existentialist thriller that grapples with enigmas of humanity: mortality, remorse, love, commitment and the nature of time itself. “I wanted viewers to feel like they were watching a two-hour episode of ‘Twilight Zone’ (…) To evoke that sense of strangeness, trying to understand what’s going on,” he explains, “I wanted the audience to not feel safe at any point.”
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For the first time, Shyamalan has worked for this film outside the United States and Philadelphia, the city where he lives and which had been the location for the development of his previous films. ‘Tiempo’ was shot in the Dominican Republic, with El Valle as the main location. One of the challenges was to turn a tropical paradise into a “prison”. To do this, Naaman Marshall, whose previous collaborations with the writer-director include ‘The Visit’ and ‘Servant’, decided to create a huge rock wall that would occupy one end of the beach: 10 meters high and 275 meters long. Another major element is the makeup. The changes in appearance were achieved by applying prosthetics, the work of the head of the makeup department Cristina Waltz (‘The Scandal’, ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’).
The film stars an impressive international cast led by Golden Globe winner Gael Garcia Bernal (Amazon series ‘Mozart in the Jungle’), Vicky Krieps (‘The Invisible Thread’), Rufus Sewell (Amazon series ‘Man in the Castle’), Ken Leung (‘Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens’), Nikki Amuka-Bird (‘The Fate of Jupiter’), Abbey Lee (the HBO series ‘Lovecraft Territory’), Aaron Pierre (the Syfy series ‘Krypton’), Alex Wolff (‘Hereditary’), Embeth Davidtz (‘Millennium: The Men Who Didn’t Love Women’), Eliza Scanlen (‘Little Women’), Emun Elliott (‘Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens’), Kathleen Chalfant (Showtime series ‘The Affair’) and Thomasin McKenzie (‘Jojo Rabbit’).
It is produced by Blinding Edge Pictures, Ashwin Rajan (‘Glass,’ the AppleTV+ series ‘Servant’) and Marc Bienstock (‘Glass,’ ‘Multiple’).
Director: M. Night Shyamalan.
Year: United States, 2021.
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Emun Elliott, Kathleen Chalfant, Thomasin McKenzie.
Production: M. Night Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan, Marc Bienstock.
Distribution: Universal Pictures.
Release: July 30, 2021.