By Travis Johnson
Nicholas Verso’s coming-of-age psychological thriller, Boys in the Trees, will make its world debut at the Venice Film Festival next month. The film screens in competition in the Orizzonti section.
Starring Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath (Lincoln, Dark Shadows), Mitzi Ruhlman (The Code) and Justin Holborow, Boys in the Trees blends teen drama and horror in a way that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. As the official synopsis states:
It’s Halloween 1997 – the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons. But for Corey, his past has some unfinished business. When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake.