Programme

DOWNHILL

Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

USA, 2020 / 86 min / English OV with French & Dutch subt. / comedy, drama

After barely escaping an avalanche during a skiing holiday in the Alps, a family’s ties are tested.

Billie and Pete Stanton, a married couple with two sons, are on a family vacation in the Austrian Alps to relax and reconnect as a family. While taking a break at an outdoor mountainside restaurant, they watch appalled as a supposedly controlled avalanche seems to be coming their way. As everyone tries to flee the café, Billie’s maternal instincts kick in. She protects her sons while Pete does the unthinkable: he grabs his phone and bolts out of danger, leaving his family behind. Even though they all emerge physically unarmed, Pete’s actions reveal a side of him that leaves his family in a state of shock. The mild signs of friction already apparent in the marriage break into a chasm. And the harder Pete tries to avoid the truth and gloss things over, the more Billie and her sons are forced to re-evaluate their lives and how they feel about Pete – as a husband, father and man.

“Inspired by the 2014 film Force Majeure by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund, Downhill is fiercely observational of modern masculinity and human frailty. Co-directors and writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash make Billie the heart of this relationship drama, and Louis-Dreyfus delivers a brilliant performance that captivates and delights in every searing, cringe-inducing scene. As wickedly funny as it is mercilessly truthful, Downhill is the story of a natural catastrophe that prompts a metaphorical landslide within a family.” Sundance Film Festival

Screenings
Fri 06/03 19:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg EN OV with FR & NL subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=28983&kassi...

Downhill luxuriates in […] tension. It’s a genuinely unnerving little movie.” Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 27/01/2020

Cast & Credits
Cast 
Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods, Zoë Chao, Miranda Otto, Julian Grey, Ammon Jacob Ford, Kristofer Hivju
Screenplay 
Jesse Armstrong, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, based on the film “Force Majeure" by Ruben Östlund
Cinematographer 
Danny Cohen
Sound 
Kevin Zimmerman
Set 
David Warren
Music 
Volker Bertelmann
Production 
Searchlight Pictures
Distribution 
The Walt Disney Company Belgique - Luxembourg
Biography

Nat Faxon is an American actor, director, and Academy Award–winning writer with a long-standing presence across comedic and dramatic films and television series. Recent TV acting credits include Married (2014), Euphoria (2019), Catastrophe (2019), The Guest Book (2018), and Ben and Kate (2012). In film, he has appeared in Father of the Year (2018), Life of the Party (2018), Operator (2016), and Sex Tape (2014), among others. He directed several episodes of the sitcom Community as well as films alongside Jim Rash. Downhill (2020) is their latest directorial collaboration.

Jim Rash is an American actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is known for his role as Dean Craig Pelton on the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009-2015), for which he was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He won an Academy Award and received a Golden Globe nomination for The Descendants (2011). Nat Faxon and him have collaborated on several films and Community episodes. Downhill (2020) is their latest feature.

Filmography
  • Nat Faxon
  • 2020 – Downhill
  • 2015 – Community: Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing (épisode de la série TV / episode of the TV series / Folge der Fernsehserie)
  • 2015 – Community: Lawmower Maintenance & Postnatal Care (épisode de la série TV / episode of the TV series / Folge der Fernsehserie)
  • 2014 – Fatrick
  • 2013 – The Way, Way Back
  • Jim Rash
  • 2020 – Downhill
  • 2015 – Community: Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing (épisode de la série TV / episode of the TV series / Folge der Fernsehserie)
  • 2015 – Community: Lawmower Maintenance & Postnatal Care (épisode de la série TV / episode of the TV series / Folge der Fernsehserie)
  • 2014 – Fatrick
  • 2013 – The Way, Way Back