‘Zoom’ Trailer: Alison Pill Takes On Comics

Pedro Morelli's Weird Comedy

A new trailer for Pedro Morelli‘s weird comedy Zoom has surfaced online, showcasing some metafiction about a comic book artist, a novelist, and a filmmaker.

Zoom stars talented Alison Pill (Milk) as Emma, a comic-book writer working on the story of Edward (Gael Garcia Bernal), a cocky action movie director. They have a hand in telling the story of the others life, despite living in different dimensions. The rest of the cast includes Tyler Labine, Jason Priestley, Mariana Ximenes, Don McKellar and Michael Eklund.

Blending animation and live action, Zoom is the sophomore feature from Morelli, off a script penned by Canadian screenwriter and graphic novelist Matthew Hansen. The film debuted at TIFF last year, and will be released on September 2nd on VOD and in theaters.

Here’s the trailer:

I like the actors and the trailer looks interesting…but it won’t fill any theaters. If it’s reviews are good it should find an audience with home viewers.

Pedro Morelli's Weird Comedy

Emma (Alison Pill) is a comic-book artist who works by day in a factory that makes sex dolls, which is messing with her head. In an attempt to get herself closer to the plastic fantasy image that surrounds her, she makes a rash decision. Then she decides she wants to reverse that choice, but it’s too late and too expensive to turn back. Fortunately, Michelle (Mariana Ximenes), the aspiring novelist writing Emma’s story, gives her a way out. In turn, Emma controls the story of Edward (Gael García Bernal, also appearing at the Festival in Desierto), the filmmaker at the centre of the comic book she’s drawing. He’s a successful action-movie director with no shortage of confidence and an urge to make more artistically ambitious films. But, in a cruel joke, Emma takes her pen to the root of this man’s vanity, shrivelling his confidence instantly. He begins to struggle with his film about Michelle, a Brazilian model living in Toronto and trying to write a novel about a cartoonist. In a bid to escape the fashion world and immerse herself in her writing, she returns to Brazil, finding a small fishing village where the pressure to complete her novel leads her to Alice (Cláudia Ohana), a hotel owner who changes her life. Of course, the hand of Michelle’s creator, the action-movie director who wants to be a serious auteur, is never far behind.