Jesse Eisenberg and Riley Keough are a couple like you’ve never seen (ecause they’re both Sasquatches). The Zellner brothers’ upcoming film “Sasquatch Sunset” follows a “year in the life of a singular family” of Sasquatch, per the official logline. Keough, Eisenberg, co-director Nathan Zellner, and Christophe Zajac-Denek make up the family of mythical creatures.
Helmed by directing duo David and Nathan Zellner and written by David Zellner, “Sasquatch Sunset” is an entirely wordless film, other than the grunts and groans of the titular creatures. The feature debuted at Sundance 2024 and will distributed by Bleecker Street this spring.
Actor and producer Eisenberg previously starred opposite David Zellner in Riley Stearns’ “The Art of Self-Defense,” which was produced by Nathan Zellner. Eisenberg said to Variety in August 2022 that the Zellner brothers are “brilliant directors that I’ve wanted to work with for a long time.”
Eisenberg later told IndieWire at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival that the “Sasquatch Sunset” screenplay was “one of the top five greatest scripts I’ve read in my life.”
The “Social Network” star continued, “It’s so brilliant, a very unusual, most likely impossible to pull off the premise, and then fill it with the funniest, sweetest, touching, kind of almost human story. It transcends the fact that these characters are not humans and yet it still feels relatable.”
The cast behind “Sasquatch Sunset” set out on a “boot camp” to learn how to have a “lumbering” gait like a Sasquatch would. The cast was in full-body prosthetics and fur to resemble the mythical creatures. Actor Zajac-Denek cited during the IndieWire Studio at Sundance, presented by Dropbox, that the Zellners wanted a “real depiction of these creatures in their environment” with emotive performances.
The Zellner Brothers have long been fascinated with Bigfoot, releasing Sundance award-winning short film “Sasquatch Birth Journal 2” in 2010. “Sasquatch Sunset” is a Square Peg, ZBI, and The Space Program production and produced by Lars Knudsen, Tyler Campellone, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner, George Rush, Jesse Eisenberg, and David Harari, with “Beau Is Afraid” director Ari Aster serving as an executive producer alongside Riley Keough and Gina Gammell under their Felix Culpa Banner.
“Sasquatch Sunset” premieres this April in theaters. Check out the trailer below and read our review from Sundance right here.