Theo Anthony | United States | 2016 | Unclassified 15+
Across walls, fences and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Rat Film takes the perspective of our rodent nemeses – as well as the humans that love them, live with them and kill them – to explore the history of Baltimore. Theo Anthony’s feature-length film debut is as fascinating as it is confronting. With a style reminiscent of his mentor Werner Herzog, Anthony’s off-kilter approach covers everything from the gruesome results of rat research at Johns Hopkins University in the 1950s to Baltimore’s history of racial inequality. Electronic-music wizard Dan Deacon, himself a Baltimore native, provides the score.
"Chris Marker Meets Werner Herzog In Brilliant, Quirky Rodent Documentary ‘Rat Film’ - Theo Anthony's first feature, which focuses on the history of the rat problem in Baltimore, is a unique blend of poetic intrigue and scholarly precision." Indiewire