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Darren Aronofsky scripted and made his directorial debut with this experimental feature with mathematical plot threads hinting at science-fictional elements. In NYC's Chinatown, recluse math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former teacher Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), and fools around with an advanced computer system he's built in his apartment. Both a Wall Street company and a Hasidic sect take an interest in his work, but he's distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions. Filmed in 16mm black-and-white, the Kafkaesque film features music by Clint Mansell (of the UK's Pop Will Eat Itself band). Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival where Aronofsky won the drama directing award. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:January 8, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Darren Aronofsky Best First Screenplay 1998 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Darren Aronofsky Best Director - Drama 1998 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Darren Aronofsky Best First Feature 1998 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Matthew J. Libatique Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee

Cast

Sean Gullette
as Max Cohen
Mark Margolis
as Sol Robeson
Ben Shenkman
as Lenny Meyer
Pamela Hart
as Marcy Dawson
Stephen Pearlman
as Rabbi Cohen
Samia Shoaib
as Devi

Crew

Darren Aronofsky
Director
Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriter
Matthew J. Libatique
Cinematographer
Clint Mansell
Composer (Music Score)
Scott Vogel
Co-producer
Randy Simon
Executive Producer
Ken Ishii
Sound Recordist
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