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Earlier this year Joel Potrykus' Ape made a bit of a splash when it had its world premiere at Locarno. The film was a huge success, taking home the Best New Director award and a special mention for Best First Feature, not bad for a little movie made without a budget.

A comedy about a comedian who isn't very funny, Protrykus' movie is the kind of twisted bit of comedy I like; it may not crack me up for entire running time but I'm always wondering WTF is going on. Case in point, the three trailers kicking around for the movie, each of which is stranger than its predecessor.

There is an official synopsis that includes something about a deal with the devil, you can read more about that right here:

Struggling comedian Trevor Newandyke not only bombs on stage, but he ignites bombs offstage as a pyromaniac frustrated with the frenzy and the tension surrounding him. He's fed up with the threats from the cable company, 7-11 raising the price of Slurpees, and all the jerks who think they can push him around. He turns to the din of his headphones and the crackling glow of fire to ease his mind. After a typical night disappointing the crowd, Trevor finds that one of his jokes comes to life. A fruit salesman posing as the Devil, or vice versa, strikes a bargain with him: a golden apple for a joke. Trevor sees the apple as a magical force. Eating it gives him the power to get angry and fight back. Of course, deals with the Devil never turn out well…

Release the Ape!

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