One of the best films at Sundance last year that not enough people saw was Chad Hartigan's "This is Martin Bonner". In fact, it was one of the best films at Sundance last year full stop. The small but exquisite character drama was anchored by an unforgettable performance from Paul Eenhoorn, who's sort of like Ian Holm's much less famous Australian twin. Needless to say, Sundance – which has become notorious for defaulting to movies starring fashionable young actors with questionable grasps on what qualifies as good screenwriting – could use a lot more Paul Eenhoorn. Fortunately for Sundance (and us), they're going to get it.
2014 finds Eenhoorn returning to the year's first major festival in "Land Ho!", a film co-conceived by Aaron Katz and Maria Stephens, whose names should be more than enough to earn the film some strong attention (Stephens is an accomplished film filmmaker with a number of projects to her name and one currently in development at Sundance's Producers Lab, while Katz has been a formative voice in recent indie cinema, perhaps best known for his wry northwest noir "Cold Weather").
Judging from the premise and the exclusive video below, Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' "Land Ho!" is to "The Trip" as "Last Vegas" is to "The Hangover"... but in a good way! Essentially the story of two aging friends, ex-brothers-in-law when you get down to it, who up and decide to holiday together in Iceland, the filmmakers describe the impulsive holiday as "a bawdy road-trip comedy as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship."
To give you a better idea of what "Land Ho!" is all about, join Katz and Stephens as we "Meet the Artists" over some tasty looking Icelandic food.
Official Synopsis: Feeling disenchanted with life after retirement, Mitch, a brassy former surgeon, convinces mild-mannered Colin, his ex-brother-in-law, to holiday with him in Iceland. The pair set off through Reykjavik ice bars, trendy spas, and adventurous restaurants in an attempt to reclaim their youth, but they quickly discover that you can’t escape yourself, no matter how far you travel.