Director: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church, Bruce Dern
Genre: adventure, comedy, drama
Runtime: 97 min.
A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.
Awards & Festivals:
SXSW Film Festival – Audience Award (Narrative Spotlight)
Heartland Film Festival – Truly Moving Picture Award
Nantucket Film Festival – Best of Fest Award (Best Narrative Feature), Audience Award (Narrative Feature)
Deauville Film Festival – Audience Award
BFI London Film Festival – participation