A trailer has been released for The Myth of the American Sleepover, a youthful and tender coming-of-age drama from first-time writer/director David Robert Mitchell. In the tradition of free-wheeling tributes to adolescence like Dazed & Confused, the film looks and feels both like a Gus Van Sant feature and a John Hughes movie. An official selection of Cannes Critics Week and winner of the Special Jury Prize at SXSW, The Myth of the American Sleepover looks like an elegiac nostalgia fever dream.
The film follows four young people (a cast of brilliant young newcomers in their feature film debuts) on the last night of summer – their final night of freedom before the new school year starts. The teenagers cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland they inhabit in search of love and adventure – chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties – and discover the quiet moments that will later resonate as the best in their youth. Here is the trailer. Enjoy!