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Imagine an art thriller staged amidst the LA art world
A feared critic, an icy gallery owner and an ambitious assistant snap up a stash of paintings.
News 18 Jan 2019

The best art and fashion collaboration? A thrilling movie, of course.
An exclusive first look at Velvet Buzzsaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette and more has been released. The thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, “where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce”
A satirical thriller set in the art world, whereby a feared critic, an icy gallery owner and an ambitious assistant snap up a recently deceased artist’s stash of paintings – with dire consequences. “Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining,” says, Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays the ridiculously named art dealer Morf Vanderwalt,  wearing an arty uniform of thick glasses and an all black suit. From this first look at Velvet Buzzsaw, we see an all start cast of the likes of Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer , John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette and Tom Sturridge working with paintings that take a dark turn by coming to life and murder people.
Zawe Ashton plays a young woman who discovers paintings by an mysterious artist that could make her some serious money – as more interest comes in for the art bad to worse things start to happen. From the art, a supernatural force ravages revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of the true meaning of the art.
The film comes from the writer and director Dan Gilroy’s , and was well-received at Sundance – touted the next hot horror comedy, it has already been compared to Rod Serling’s Night Gallery TV series. Gilroy last worked with Gyllenhaal on 2014’s Nightcrawler. Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t just some absurd, twisted horror movie, though it seems. From second thought it seems as though Gilroy wants it to make some major points about both the world of art, its most famous artists and it’s surrounding society. The paintings objects seem to only attack the wealthy or corrupt characters within the film as they hold “a disgust for the world of money.” There’s also an poignant scene where the character Gretchen is murdered in the gallery overnight and discovered by visitors the next day who think she’s part of an exhibit. “We’re trending on Instagram. It’s a major hit.” 
Watch the trailer, a UK exclusive first look, below.

From the looks of it, Velvet Buzzsaw is going to be one of the best films of 2019. Velvet Buzzsaw drops on Netflix and in selected cinemas February 1. Prepare to be spooked and art-entertained!

Text by Peigi Mackillop

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