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Mezzanine presents: Happer’s Comet

Director: Tyler Taormina Run Time: 62 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2022

Starring: Grace Berlino, Jax Terry, Michael Guglielmo, Ryan McGlade, Tyler Taormina

L.A. premiere with director Tyler Taormina in person, followed by a Q&A moderated by Tim Heidecker!

A warmly surreal nighttime reverie, Tyler Taormina’s second feature confirms his status as one of the most exciting new talents in American independent cinema, following his acclaimed 2019 debut Ham on Rye. Shot during lockdown and made with nonprofessional actors–many of whom are his own Long Island family and friends–Taormina takes the audience through the nightly routines of solitary suburban residents as they clean their offices, meet their lovers, apply make-up before going out, and rollerblade around town. The film’s title–a reference to Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero–belies the film’s low-key dreaminess, love of eccentric personalities, and its profoundly relaxed feel. At risk of being reductive: this is a Tsai Ming-liang film for those who grew up with Nick at Nite. A Factory 25 release.

Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival (Forum), BAFICI, Champs-Élysées Film Festival, BAMCinemafest

“Its sense of obscurity is almost soothing….Taormina’s unique sensibility makes the film, more than anything, a cinematic tone poem, expressing a reconciliation with sleeplessness as time yawns into strange infinitudes.” -Slant Magazine

“A shared dream you’ll want to share with others.”
-David Mouriquand, Exberliner

“Hypnotic. Compelling. Beautifully shot.”
-Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage


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