While not as much of a household name as David Cronenberg, Canadian director Bruce McDonald ("Hard Core Logo," "Pontypool") largely exemplifies the spirit of Canadian film with his oddball narratives and low budget inventiveness. The 54 year old has become a well-known favorite of the Toronto International Film Festival, where his latest opus, the dark comedy "The Husband," premiered last night. We're very happy to exclusively debut the poster for the film, some new photos, plus you can watch the trailer below. It's a McDonald McOverload!
The film stars Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (whoa appeared in McDonald's "The Tracey Fragments"), as Henry, a man whose wife is in jail for sleeping with a 14-year-old boy. This leaves him to care for their infant son alone and his self-destructive tendencies, as he waits for her release, spiral out of control after he has a chance encounter with the young boy who slept with his wife. Awkward.
The film co-stars August Diehl ("Inglourious Basterds"), Sarah Allen and Jodi Balfour, and the poster features a start composition and a cringe-worthy tagline ("Ask Henry about his wife") that really says it all. While "The Husband" has yet to get picked up, McDonald has a pretty good track record, and rightfully so—he's a strong, consistent voice in Canadian independent film who deserves to be seen just as much as his more famous compatriot.