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Stills from "Red Knot," a new film with Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Thirlby

Olivia Thirlby in RED KNOT. World Premiere May 31 at the Seattle International Film Festival
Olivia Thirlby in RED KNOT. World Premiere May 31 at the Seattle International Film Festival
Courtesy of Scott Cohen

On May 31, the Seattle International Film Festival will host the world premiere of a beautiful and multi-layered new film by director Scott Cohen.

Echoing Michelangelo Antonioni’s groundbreaking L'Avventura, Scott Cohen’s Red Knot is a modern exploration of love, isolation, and the inescapable vastness of the natural world. Peter (Vincent Kartheiser, "Mad Men") and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby, Juno), a young married couple, jump at the chance to satisfy their wanderlust by taking a belated honeymoon aboard a research vessel bound for Antarctica. Once on board, Peter, a writer, occupies his time documenting the work of whale biologist Roger Payne (playing himself), leaving little time for Chloe. Feeling increasingly neglected by her husband, Chloe begins to drift closer to the enigmatic Captain Emerson (Billy Campbell, "The Killing").

As Peter dives deeper into his work and Chloe’s sense of abandonment increases, an act of betrayal ultimately divides the young lovers, driving Chloe to separate herself from Peter, both physically and emotionally. Isolated on the ship and separated from humanity by the vast, rugged expanse of Antarctica, Peter and Chloe must plumb the depths of their love to discover what each so desperately needs to move forward. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Southern Ocean and the jagged coast of Antarctica, Scott Cohen’s Red Knot explores the dual themes of isolation and intimacy via the fragile relationship of a pair of newlyweds. With fearless performances from Thirlby and Kartheiser, Red Knot is a fascinating examination of proximity, seclusion, and the ambivalence of love.

The film was shot on location in Antarctica.

Scott Cohen will attend the world premiere, as well as a second screening on June 1. Scott will also participate in SIFF's Catalyst program.