Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl move in together, boy and girl grow old together in Los Angeles. Sounds pretty familiar doesn’t it? Well, perhaps it’s missing the obligatory boy and girl break up but get back together in time for the closing credits scene but other than that it sounds pretty predictable.
However, if I tell you that the film is a 30 minute love story by film maker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are, Human Nature, Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak) you may not be too surprised to learn that the film in question, I’m Here, is actually a love story featuring two robots. Yes, robots fall in love too!
The film came about when ABSOLUT approached Spike and asked him to make a film and then gave him full creative control to make the film he wanted to make. Throw in an original score by Sam Spiegel and you know you’re going to see something good.
“It was a pretty incredible opportunity,” says Jonze. “They (ABSOLUT) didn’t give me any requirements to make a movie that had anything to do with vodka. They just wanted me to make something that was important to me, and let my imagination take me wherever I wanted.”
Spike’s first love story premièred as part of the first-ever Opening Night’s Shorts Program at the Sundance Film Festival and will be shown at the Berlin Film Festival before being shown, in it’s entirety, on-line at www.imheremovie.com from 1 March 2010 but just for you I have a sneaky peak clip that those nice people at ABSOLUT sent me.
If you check the website just now there is an opportunity to get tickets to see the film at exclusive screenings on the big screen and as with most thing’s there is of course the obligatory blog. So, whatever you’re doing from 1 March be sure to leave 30 minutes aside to sit back and enjoy what promises to be a very interesting love story. Mr Omneo can’t wait!