Ramin Bahrani is something of an underground indie darling, with his little-seen-by-the-mainstream work having soaked up praise from the likes of Roger Ebert and Werner Herzog. Bahrani’s latest, 99 Homes, stars Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield, and is set in the foreclosure-heavy housing market of Orlando, Florida, home of Uproxx superstar Ashley Burns and his extensive collection of action figures. 99 Homes is set to play Venice, TIFF, and Telluride. Maybe I’ll see it at TIFF and tell you about it, but until then we’ve got this clip.
The official synopsis:
Around the world, everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker Mike Carver (Michael Shannon), and is forced to move his mom (Laura Dern) and young son into a shabby motel. Then, an unexpected opportunity arises and Nash strikes a deal with the devil – he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of stealing from banks and the government. Nash makes big money; but there’s a cost. On Carver’s orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes – just as it happened to him. With his conscience tearing him apart and an incredibly lucrative 1,000 home deal on the line, Nash will have to choose between destroying an honest man for the ultimate win or going against Carver and finding redemption. [via ThePlaylist]
In the clip above, Garfield goes after Shannon’s boys, who Garfield thinks stole his tools during his eviction. It’s sort of a foul-mouthed meet cute. In any case, I’m excited to see this, but I shall be referring to it only as “General Zod And Spider-Man Vs. Sub-Prime.”