Spike Jonze will debut his short film Scenes from the Suburbs at the Belin International Film Festival this month. The film is based on the video he directed for Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs", according to details released about the short on the band's website.
The music video is based around a group of 15-year-olds in a future where military presence is a harsh reality. The video used a group of unknown actors that will also appear in the short. Win Butler of Arcade Fire said in August, "[I]t was great just hanging out with these 15-year-olds for a week and writing down all the funny things they said. It was cool to revert to being a 15-year-old for a little while."
The 30-minute short is a companion to the video, and according to a press release, "expands the music video into a film without abandoning the structure of a clip. The future has become a reality. And the threat lies in the proximity of the military. Memories of a past summer."
The festival website describes the film as, "A group of suburban youths... They couldn’t leave town because outside the country was at war and the military controlled life and all gateways. The teenagers wander aimlessly about town. Winter is a long way off. And love and longing and friendship still mean – everything."
The short was written and directed by Spike Jonze in collaboration with Win and Will Butler. It will play four times at the festival, on February 12 and February 16-18.
Check out the original music video below.