Thrown out of her New York City apartment, Natalia, a 25-year-old hot mess, relies on the kindness of friends and strangers. Seemingly unaware of the havoc she wreaks, she skips from one place to another, including her best friend’s, where she crashes a holiday meal and seduces the best friend’s socially inept brother. Natalia ends up staying at a shelter run by genuinely good Maury, who takes an interest in making her life better — but life is not that simple, and tragedy ensues. With a menagerie of New York characters, set against the backdrop of a homeless shelter, a religious household, and the cacophonous streets of New York, SOFT IN THE HEAD is a look at how easy it is to lose one’s head in the big city, particularly for those already lost. Director Nathan Silver (The Blind and Exit Elena) joins us to discuss his uncompromising new project.
“Nathan Silver’s raucous, disturbing new film is a shrewdly conceived yet emotionally unhinged blend of uproarious situations and devastating outcomes” -The New Yorker
“SOFT IN THE HEAD confirms Silver’s talent and his status as one of the most interesting emerging directors in U.S. indie film” -Filmmaker Magazine
“…the audience must sink or swim. The sensation is at once maddening and, for its daredevil embrace of naturalism, absolutely thrilling.” -The Wall Street Journal
“A riveting NYC-set drama” –indieWIRE
“John Cassavetes-like slice of lowlife” -The Boston Globe
“Silver does something like deconstructing love to the bones only to reconstruct it again, unpredictably and powerfully, at the end of the film” -Cinema Scope
“Another noteworthy film from Nathan Silver, whose cinema of discomfort is a welcome aside in the realm of independent cinema” -IonCinema