During its premiere last year at SXSW, Shai and cast members Donahue, Bowen and Izabella Miko, who revels in slipping into the fine linens of Gloria, the wife of the British gangster Flynn (Jamie Harris), sat down to discuss the film.
“With ‘The Frontier’ I wanted to capture the feeling of reading an old vintage paperback,” says Shai. “Highly stylized, yet gritty – the pages disintegrating in your hands as you flip through them ravenously. Many talented individuals shed their blood sweat and tears in crafting ‘The Frontier,’ and it’s a dream come true to have audiences discover it. I’m moved and thrilled by the release Kino Lorber put together.”
Reminiscent of films such as Blood Simple and Red Rock West, The Frontier pays respects to various genre classics while carving out its own distinct piece of the pie. We hope you enjoy this exciting discussion about a very exciting new cinematic voice!
The Frontier is a pseudo-Blood Simple hardboiled noir thriller, the type of which we haven’t seen in awhile. It’s set in (I’m guessing) the early ’60s, and the sense of time and place is indelible, thanks to Shai’s production design team and a pitch perfect soundtrack and 16mm cinematography.
THE FRONTIER will have two shows at The Egyptian’s Spielberg Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30pm & 10pm.
The first screening (7:30pm) is now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available for the 10pm show with introduction by the cast & crew. Get them now!
Directed by up-and-comer Oren Shai, THE FRONTIER is a western crime drama that blends in noir and pulp elements as it weaves the tale of a female drifter who plans to steal money from a couple of violent thieves…
Suspense. Paranoia. Bloody Revenge. Believe it or not, but horror and noir are surprisingly similar bedfellows, with both genres unafraid to explore the dark side of humanity. That is as true for classic noir as it is for contemporary pulp mysteries, such as Oren Shai’s THE FRONTIER…
Sometimes, a film sneaks up on you and takes you completely by surprise. That’s what happened when I viewed The Frontier, a very stylish neo-noir/contemporary western mash-up from director Oren Shai. The less you know about this crafty, twisty, and totally terrific gem the better, as it offers up narrative surprises to match its extremely sharp sense of aesthetics…
“Kino Lorber has a long history of releasing classic noir, and is also a front-runner in discovering new indie film talent, which makes ‘The Frontier,’ a perfect fit in our library,” said Kino Lorber VP Bret Wood…”