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SUPER DARK TIMES, the feature debut by Kevin Phillips, will have its world premiere in Rotterdam's Bright Future

Super Dark Times

The only US fiction feature in Bright Future this year, the film comes to us from the producers behind BLUE RUIN by Jeremy Saulnier. Set in the mid 1990's, SUPER DARK TIMES is a suspenseful and intelligent film about youth and the loss of innocence - what happens when the darkness lurking beneath the surface of everyday life begins to emerge.


A terrible accident transforms best friends from high school Zach and Josh into enemies. This ambitious thriller is set in the American suburbs of the early 1990s – the pre-Columbine era. A refreshing debut, searching for the boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, good and evil.

In the social minefield that is secondary school, Zach and Josh at least have one another. The teenagers are growing up in a leafy American suburb in the 1990s, with stuff like Clinton, button-up dresses and Nirvana going on in the background. Life revolves around vying for popularity, hanging out, falling in love and looking for kicks. One day, a traumatic accident takes place within the group of friends, driving a wedge between the previously inseparable Zach and Josh. During the day, Zach gets by as best he can, but at night he is caught between wet dreams and nightmares. His life becomes increasingly complicated and, as this thriller reveals, ever more dangerous. 
Following his short film Too Cool For School (2015), Kevin Phillips atmospherically dives into the confusion of teenage life. Themes such as lust, love, courage, fear and maturity all play a role, as does learning to tell the difference between good and evil.


by Kevin Phillips
USA - 2017 - 100 min - 2.35:1 - Color - 5.1 Surround - English
Producers: Ways & Means, Neighborhood Watch, Om Films, Lila 9th Productions
For two teenage boys, the mundane world of bike rides, after school snacks and video games is interrupted when an accident results in the death of one of their classmates. In a panic, they decide to keep their involvement a secret. But before long, feelings of guilt, isolation and paranoia transform their ordinary lives into a twilight zone of nightmares and violence. When a second classmate turns up dead it becomes clear that their secret won’t stay hidden for long.
Kevin Phillips was born in 1982 as the second son of a chocolatier. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with degrees in Film and Photography. He is well known for his work as a cinematographer - having worked with artists like Childish Gambino, Grimes, and The Lumineers and brands like Beats by Dre, Levi’s and Jimmy Choo. In 2015 he directed the short film ‘Too Cool for School’ which premiered at Semaine De La Critique in Cannes. Super Dark Times is his feature debut.
Sunday, January 29th 13h45 Cinerama 4 Press & Industry
Sunday, January 29th 21h45 Pathé 7 Premiere
Monday, January 30th 14h30 Lantaren Venster 4 Official
Wednesday, February 1st 09h30 Cinerama 3 Press & Industry
Thursday, February 2nd 13h00 Pathé 1 Official
SALES AGENT: The Match Factory (International) / UTA (US)


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Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.



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