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Hide Your Smiling Faces

A powerfully arresting debut – a singular take on the coming of age tale that is at once genuinely poetic and devoid of sentiment.

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  • Director-Screenwriter Daniel Patrick Carbone
  • Producers Matthew Petock, Zachary Shedd, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Jordan Bailey-Hoover
  • With Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, Colm O’Leary, Thomas Cruz, Christina Starbuck
  • USA 2013
  • 80 mins
  • UK distribution Matchbox

Living in the rural idyll of the American countryside, brothers Eric and Tommy are in the midst of a languorous summer. Long days spent with friends are punctuated with the raw enjoyment of boyish physicality and flippant acts of mischief. The sudden and mysterious death of their friend painfully shakes their youthful sense of certainty, and what was once a natural distance from the adult world becomes an insurmountable and isolating gulf. Resisting over-exposition and the accompanying comfort of resolution, director Daniel Carbone creates an atmosphere that perfectly captures the fragmentary nature of childhood memory. As the boys’ need to reflect leads them back to the wild surroundings of their friend’s death, Carbone gently invokes both the romantic beauty and brutal reality of nature. His restraint makes for a powerfully arresting debut – a singular take on the coming-of-age tale that is at once genuinely poetic and devoid of sentiment.

Jemma Desai

Director biography

Daniel Patrick Carbone, a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008, he received the Warner Bros. Film Award and multiple NYU First Run Film Festival awards for his short, Feral, which went on to screen at film festivals internationally. In 2012, he was selected for the IFP Narrative Labs, Emerging Visions programme, and the New York Film Festival’s Artists Academy for his debut feature film, Hide Your Smiling Faces. The film took the top prize at the US-in-Progress section of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland and had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013. Daniel Patrick is currently in post-production on Phantom Cowboys, a feature-length documentary and Cinereach grantee, which he co-directed and shot. Also a director of photography, Daniel shot the independent feature film A Little Closer for director Matthew Petock in 2009, and the Rick Alverson-directed Rabbit in 2011. As DP, his work has been showcased at the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, among many others.

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