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LFF Connect Special Presentation

MINDHUNTER

Episodes one and two

David Fincher returns to television with a Zodiac-style police procedural, based on the men who first coined the phrase ‘serial killer’.

Credits

Dir David Fincher
Exec Prod David Fincher, Josh Donen, Charlize Theron, Ceán Chaffin, Joe Penhall
Scr Joe Penhall
With Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross
USA
2017
Total running time 107min
UK Distribution Netflix

Son of Sam is on the cover of TIME Magazine, Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ is on the airwaves and FBI Agent Holden Ford is troubled. Policing used to be a matter of establishing the three basics; motive, means, opportunity. But it’s the late-1970s and politically unstable times can produce chaos. A new breed of killers have emerged whose motives are ambiguous. Holden’s (Jonathan Groff) hunger for innovation leads him to Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), a seasoned if skeptical agent of the Behavioral Science Unit. Together they tour regional police stations, like a pair of criminal psychology-totin’ Bible salesmen, preaching Freud to officers whose approaches are resolutely Old Testament. Their cross-country motel-safari soon gives them a glimpse into the depths of the violent and sexually depraved crime that cops are ill-equipped to deal with. A new method is called for, but it will bring them unsettlingly close to murderous minds. David Fincher returns to episodic drama, with this sharply scripted Zodiac-style procedural, based on the men who first coined the phrase ‘serial killer’. As the opening two episodes show us, this is invigorating, witty and meticulous storytelling, from the typography to the impeccable music cues. Crime drama at its most addictive.

Kate Taylor

See also LFF Connects: David Fincher

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • David Fincher, Director; Jonathan Groff, Cast; Holt McCallanay, Cast

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