Bouli Lanners (shown just below) is an odd duck. From his weighty physical presence, definitely more attractive clothed than not, to his shuffling gait and reticent manner, he sneaks up on you. Pretty soon, you can't take your eyes off him. Now 44, he's worked as an actor in European film and TV pretty consistently over the last 20 years, during the past
eight of which he's also begun writing and directing -- first with a short titled Muno (2001), then the full-length Ultranova (2004) and now ELDORADO. Because Lanners' first two filmmaking endeavors remain unseen here in the USA, I can only judge by his latest: a two-guy road movie that may remind some of Monte Hellman's over-rated Two-Lane Blacktop. But other than the two-guys-in-an-old-American-car motif, comparisons nod in the direction of Lanners. In every way, his is the superior film.
Eldorado opens for an exclusive Manhattan run on Friday, May 1, at the Angelika Film Center. Other cities may soon follow, and -- as the film us being distributed by Film Movement -- a DVD release is also assured.