Hotel Artemis

Jodie Foster compares 'retro-vintage' Hotel Artemis to the films of Hong Kong Second Wave director Wong Kar-wai

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May 21, 2018

This past year, two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster directed an episode for the fourth season of Black Mirror on Netflix. Continuing with her affinity for sci-fi stories, the Elysium actress stars in the upcoming movie Hotel Artemis, in which she plays a nurse who runs a hospital that only caters to criminals in a semi-dystopian Los Angeles of the future. Her character's name is Jean Thomas, or simply "The Nurse," and must take care of two brothers, Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) and Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry) after a job goes wrong.

Add in a gangster played by Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and supporting performances from Charlie Day (Pacific Rim Uprising), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), and Jenny Slate (Venom), and you've got yourself one helluva an indie project on your hands with no strangers to the world of genre. In particular, this is Foster's fist time acting in a feature science fiction project in five years, as she last starred in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. (You may also remember her emotional turn in Robert Zemeckis' Contact.)  

“I just lover her, The Nurse," she told SYFY WIRE at the red carpet premiere of Artemis over the weekend. "I think she’s full of emotion and really raw and yet has this, like, Barbara Stanwyck old-Hollywood presence. It’s wonderful to have the film be half retro-vintage cool, almost like Wong Kar-wai filmmaking, and then this sci-fi crazy kickass film, and I enjoy going back and forth between the two. The character goes back and forth between the two.”

Wong is known for being one of the directors who defined Hong Kong's Second Wave of moviemaking that arose in the 1980s and 1990s. The Second Wave filmmakers usually studied abroad in the West and returned with shades and influences from Western culture. Movies made during the this period are notable for their bold/experimental stylistic choices in cinematography, editing, and narratives. Some of Kar-wai's most beloved titles include As Tears Go ByHappy Together, and 2046.

Written and directed by Drew Pearce (co-writer of Iron Man 3), Hotel Artemis checks into theaters June 8. Should the film do well at the box office, both Foster and Pearce would happily return for either a sequel or prequel. 

"I love the idea of a prequel," said Foster. "It's such an original film, that I feel like it could go off into so many directions that are equally as original." 

“What Jodie wants, I shall give," added Pierce on the red carpet. "The irony is we’re just this little indie that shot for 33 days last summer that just happened to have the most amazing cast in the world, and now we’re coming out in the wilds of blockbuster season. I hope people will kind of embrace an original idea and come see us.”