Wonderful Featurette For WELCOME TO MARWEN Focuses on Creating The Imaginative World of Marwen
I’ve got a great featurette to share with you today from director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) and Steve Carell’s inspiring new film Welcome to Marwen.
The featurette puts the focus on bringing the imaginative world of Marwen to Life and includes interviews with the cast as crew as they discuss the process they went through to tell this story in the best possible way.
The film tells the moving and inspiring true story of a man named Mark Hogancamp and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful movie. I can’t wait to watch this.
Hogancamp was attacked by a group of Nazis, leaving him with severe memory loss and some serious post-traumatic stress. As a way to cope with his fears and pain, he builds a model town called Marwen that he fills with custom-made G.I. Joe action figures. He lives out a fantasy life with these figures that come to life in his imagination and they help him face and deal with the struggles that he's going through. I love the visual style of this whole thing. It's a bit odd, but it totally works.
The movie is based on a documentary called Marwencol that tells the story of Hogancamp, who suffered severe head trauma after being beaten outside of a bar by a group of teenagers. He was in a nine-day coma, and when he woke up he had no memory of his life, his friends or his family.
Here's the synopsis for the film:
Welcome to Marwen tells the miraculous true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.
When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.
In a bold, wondrous and timely film from this revolutionary pioneer of contemporary cinema, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination… you’ll find courage in the most unexpected place.
The film has a crazy talented ensemble cast that includes Leslie Mann, Eiza González, Janelle Monáe, Gwendoline Christie, Diane Kruger and Merritt Weaver.
Welcome to Marwen arrives in theaters on November 21st, 2018.