Watch: Swiss Army Man: The Film That Polarized Sundance
Swiss Army Man, the debut feature from acclaimed music video directing duo The Daniels (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), divided audiences at Sundance 2016 like no other film. Now you can get a peek at the controversial film in its first trailer (above).
Following its premiere, Variety declared that the film “could win the festival’s award for the most walk-outs, as a continuous stream of audience members kept standing up and bolting for the door throughout the film.”
The premise of the dark comedy is certainly pretty bizarre. Paul Dano plays Hank, a man marooned on an island who is about to commit suicide. But when he finds a flatulent corpse (played by Daniel Radcliffe) washed up on the beach, he uses it to get back to the mainland.
Over at Indiewire, Eric Kohn praised the film as a “deliriously kooky yet controlled experience” and here at Filmmaker, Dan Schoenbrun defended the film, writing that “it’s packed with enough passion, imagination and originality to set it apart from the vast majority of feature debuts.”
The film is scheduled for release on June 17, so you can draw your own conclusions then.