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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

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Directed by Werner Herzog
Produced by David Lynch
Eric Bassett[1]
Written by Werner Herzog
Herbert Golder[2]
Starring Michael Shannon
Willem Dafoe
Chloë Sevigny
Udo Kier
Music by Ernst Reijseger[3]
Cinematography Peter Zeitlinger[4]
Editing by Joe Bini[3]
Omar Daher[3]
Release date(s) December 11, 2009[5]
Country United States
Language English

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? is a film directed by Werner Herzog and produced by David Lynch, inspired by the story of murderer Mark Yavorsky.[4][6] Herzog describes the film as "a horror film without the blood, chainsaws and gore, but with a strange, anonymous fear creeping up in you". [7]

The film was originally planned for production in the Summer of 2008, but was postponed in favor of Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.[2][8] Information about the film was first released at a press conference at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.[2] Filming began around San Diego, California in March 2009.[4] It was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. It was the first time in Venice film festival history that there are two Golden Lion nominated films both directed by the same director in one year.

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Plot

The film is inspired by the true story of Mark Yavorsky, a San Diego man inspired by Sophocles' Orestes who stabbed and killed his mother with an antique saber. Yavorsky was at the time a graduate student at UCSD who had recently been cast in the lead role of a production of The Euminides. Yavorsky was tried and found not guilty by reason of insanity, and spent many years at Patton State Hospital before his release.[4]

Herzog's story, as in his other feature films based on true stories, does not follow the historical story of Yavorsky very closely. Most obviously, Yavorsky's name in the film has been changed to Brad McCullum. Herzog has stated that "About 70 percent of the script is false ... loosely made up."[4] The narration will jump between the scene of the murder, and the man's troubled life leading up to the event.[2] It will be shot "guerrilla-style" on digital video.[2]

Production

The film was shot in and around San Diego, near Yavorsky's home. Actors Shannon and Zabriskie appreciated filming so close to the story's actual setting, while producer Eric Basset said that the choice of location was for financial reasons, and Herzog says that it was simply "a matter of convenience".[4]

Other scenes were shot on the Urubamba River in Peru, a favorite location of Herzog's which appeared in his earlier films Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo. Herzog originally set the scenes in the western Himalayas, but for safety reasons did not wish to film in Northern Pakistan.[9]

Before production, Herzog arranged a meeting with Yavorsky, then living in Riverside County, whom Herzog described as "argumentative".[4] Yavorsky, living in a trailer, had erected a shrine to Aguirre, which concerned Herzog so much that they did not meet again.[9]

Release

The film premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival on 5 September 2009 [10], is scheduled to have its Canadian premier at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2009[3] and its Los Angeles premiere at The Downtown Independent theater.[11]

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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? is an upcoming film directed by Werner Herzog and produced by David Lynch, inspired by the story of murderer Mark Yarovsky.[1][2]

The film was originally planned for production in the Summer of 2008, but was postponed in favor of Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.[3][4] Information about the film was first released at a press conference at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.[3] Filming began around San Diego, California in March 2009.[1]

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Plot

The film is inspired by the true story of Mark Yarovsky, a San Diego man inspired by Sophocles' Orestes who stabbed and killed his mother with an antique saber. Yarovsky was at the time a graduate student at UCSD who had recently been cast in the lead role of a production of Orestes. Yarovsky was tried and found not guilty by reason of insanity, and spent many years at Patton State Hospital before his release.[1]

Herzog's story, as in his other feature films based on true stories, does not follow the historical story of Yarovsky very closely. Most obviously, Yarovsky's name in the film has been changed to Brad McCullum. Herzog has stated that "About 70 percent of the script is false ... loosely made up."[1] The narration will jump between the scene of the murder, and the man's troubled life leading up to the event.[3] It will be shot "guerrilla-style" on digital video.[3]

Production

The film was shot in and around San Diego, near Yarovsky's home. Actors Shannon and Zabriskie appreciated filming so close to the story's actual setting, while producer Eric Basset said that the choice of location was for financial reasons, and Herzog says that it was simply "a matter of convenience".[1]

Before production, Herzog arranged a meeting with Yarovsky, then living in Riverside County, whom Herzog described as "argumentative".[1]

Cast

References

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