Think about this: most movie fans know who Peter Stormare is. He’s been “that guy” in countless movies — the crazy Russian in Armageddon, the Devil in Constantine, a cold-blooded killer in Fargo, a Nihilist in The Big Lebowski. His acting career goes back almost 30 years. He’s loved by fans and film makers alike. And he’s almost never played the lead in a serious movie.
Until now. Below is the trailer for Small Town Murder Songs, directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. It’s one of those strange, small-town murder mysteries filled with an imposing sense of gloom and dread, but also looks quite beautiful. And Stormare looks like he’s absolutely nailing his role, too.
I love that a guy who’s been busting his ass for all this time is finally getting his chance to prove himself as an actor, even if it’s in a small, independent film that likely won’t get a wide release. Small Town Murder Songs has been doing well on the festival circuit, and I’m getting fired up to see it. Here’s the full synopsis and the poster for you:
A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.