The story of Nike’s longshot effort to sign rising superstar basketball player Michael Jordan to its shoe company in the mid-1980s, an endorsement that seemed impossible at the time but which, thanks to the maverick sneaker salesman Sonny Vaccarro, would become the most significant relationship between an athletic brand and an athlete of all time.
Several friends travel to Sweden to study as anthropologists a summer festival that is held every ninety years in the remote hometown of one of them. What begins as a dream vacation in a place where the sun never sets, gradually turns into a dark nightmare as the mysterious inhabitants invite them to participate in their disturbing festive activities.
Speculation is that this film is a full length version of writer/director’s prior short film “Beau”, now as “Beau Is Afraid”. A 2014 draft script of the full length version has been circulated on the internet and is widely admired and anticipated by fans of the writer/director.
Described by Ari Aster as a “zonky nightmare comedy”.
The film was originally titled “Disappointment Boulevard” but was changed to “Beau Is Afraid”.
Ari Aster’s “Beau Is Afraid”, starring Joaquin Phoenix, reportedly cost $60M to produce, making it A24’s biggest production to date.
Longtime Aster collaborator Billy Mayo was speculated to play in the lead role until his passing.