I didn't get a chance to to see the film when it premiered last month at the festival, but I heard pretty good things about it from those I know who attended the screening. ABOUT ALEX was written and directed by first time filmmaker Jesse Zwick, whose only other credit is writing a season 4 episode of Parenthood (which, as a fan of the show, is already a win for me).
More on the film below in the synopsis:
In ABOUT ALEX, a circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. An honest appraisal of adult friendship for our current social media moment, ABOUT ALEX is a lighthearted look at the struggles of a generation that has it all – and wants more.
Screen Media Films' past theatrical releases include Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee starring Robin Wright and Keanu Reeves. "Jesse Zwick’s film is one of the strongest debuts we’ve seen in years,” said Seth Needle, Director of Acquisitions & Marketing at Screen Media Films, via the press release. “We can’t wait for audiences to discover the extraordinary chemistry shared by this talented ensemble cast.”
Watch a clip from the movie: