EXCLUSIVE: Mark Webber continues to push the boundaries with his filmmaking with his fifth feature film The Place of No Words. In the new trailer for the film, he tells a grounded family story of love, laughter, pain and death through a fantastical gaze of mythical forest creatures. The film is set to make its world premiere on April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Written and helmed by Webber, The Place of No Words stars the director alongside his real-life wife Teresa Palmer as well as his three-year-old son, Bodhi Palmer. The story is told through both the eyes of a father and his young son as it moves between the authentic real world and a fantasy realm.
“I wanted to make a film that explores the ways we cope with the process of dying and to shine the most truthful light possible on the experience,” said Webber. “Death is so often thought of as morbid or gloomy or hopeless but in reality it’s much more complex than that. It’s chalked full of so many other things like liberation, joy and even laughter and this film captures that in a visually breathtaking way as it shifts back and forth between the real world and an epic fantasy world.”
The film marks the third in a series of “reality cinema” films. It’s a follow up to his 2017 film, Flesh and Blood, which is also a film that featured his real-life family members.
He adds, “I also think it’s worth noting The Place of No Words was made in way similar to my previous films, stripped down with just a handful of trusted people I’ve been working with for a long time. And it’s in this way of working that the film is able to be both visually stunning and yet incredibly intimate.”
The Place of No Words also stars Nicole Elizabeth Berger, Eric Olsen, Sarah Wright Olsen and Phoebe Tonkin. Webber also produced alongside longtime collaborator Dustin Hughes. The film will be featured as an acquisition title in the U.S. Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Watch the trailer above.
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