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Urbania

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • URBANIA explores the dark and alternate life that exists in the deepest cavities of urban settings. Based on the stage play URBAN FOLK TALES, URBANIA follows Charlie (Dan Futterman) through the streets of New York City. Charlie is an ordinary man haunted by the absence of his boyfriend, Chris. After roaming through various bars looking for Chris, hearing and telling unusual and uncanny stories, Charlie encounters Dean (Samuel Ball), a tough young man whom Charlie has met somewhere before, and who may hold the answers to Charlie's existential questions. During the course of his journeys, Charlie keeps running into a number of different urban legends--the woman who cooks her dog in the microwave, the man who wakes up to find he is missing a kidney--all of which serves to make New York City look surreal and unnerving. In addition to the compelling, mysterious plot and skillful acting, URBANIA also features striking cameos from Alan Cumming and Barbara Sukowa, plus a unique look at New York City. URBANIA mixes comedy, drama, film noir, and gay cinema in new and intriguing ways. A directorial debut from Jon Shears, URBANIA moves expertly from present time to flashbacks and flashforwards, never losing its viewers for a second.
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    • Rating - strong violent and sexual content including related language, and for language and drug use
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7610-D

  • Credits
    Dan Futterman, Alan Cumming, Matt Keeslar, Barbara Sukowa, Samuel Ball, William Sage, Bill Sage, Gabriel Olds, Josh Hamilton, Paige Turco, Lothaire Bluteau, Megan Dodds
  • Critic Reviews
    "...URBANIA is as technically innovative as it is emotionally unsettling....It has a remarkably rich (and dark) visual palette that matches its moody turbulence."
    New York Times

    "URBANIA is one of the year's most original and powerful films -- a nightmarish, at times darkly comic, survey of sex in the city..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...A stunning, haunting tale that peers inside the everyday lunacy surrounding a young New Yorker, URBANIA is a powerful exploration of desire, love, memory, hate and survival..."
    Box Office

    "...A powerful experience....A daring and unnerving evocation of contemporary big-city life....URBANIA is strong stuff..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...A superbly crafted film that will leave moviegoers both unsettled and captivated by the time the closing credits roll..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...The result is impressive, both as a film and as an actor's showcase: Futterman has to, and does, keep us engaged in his character's plight..."
    USA Today

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