The cracktastic footage and ongoing directorial snippiness have made “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” Werner Herzog’s maybe remake of Abel Ferrara’s 1992 drama, one of the most anticipated films set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (though it’ll first premiere at Venice).
And who could outdo Bavaria’s finest but the man himself? The recently unveiled trailer for the other Herzog film on the Toronto slate, “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done,” looks, if anything, even odder and more promising than the sight of Nicolas Cage getting high with Xzibit.
That’s Michael Shannon playing a character loosely based on Mark Yarovsky, a San Diego man whose after being cast in the lead role of “Orestes” was inspired to stab and kill his mother with an antique saber. David Lynch favorite Grace Zabriskie plays the ill-fated parent, and Lynch himself served as an executive producer. But what makes the spot so hypnotic is the utter Hollywoodness of its production, with an interchangeably slick voiceover intoning about “an unexpected crime… on a quiet street…” and lauding the Oscar qualifications of the cast while seemingly not being able to notice the passing visuals of a tuxedoed dwarf and Udo Kier with ostriches.
If you desperately crave Herzog’s attention (and who doesn’t?), he’s judging Shooting People’s latest film competition.
[Photo: “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done,” Unified Pictures, 2009]