Thy Kingdom Come
DIRECTOR: EUGENE RICHARDS
Q&A with Eugene Richards, moderated by Courtney Stephens.
THE RAIN WILL FOLLOW
2018 / 15 mins / DCP
Director: Eugene Richards
Thy Kingdom Come—a collaboration between photographer/filmmaker Eugene Richards (currently subject of a career retrospective at ICP in New York) and actor/producer Javier Bardem—was conceived of following the filming of Terence Malick’s To the Wonder. As part of that production's "third unit," Richards introduced Bardem, who was portraying a parish priest in Malick’s film, to the real life residents of a small Oklahoma town. What had been intended as brief episodes for inclusion in the feature film grew in scope, as the townspeople, wholly aware that the priest was a fictional priest, chose to share personal details of their lives. Filmed in a dozen homes, a trailer park, a county jail, a local nursing facility, Thy Kingdom Come is a melding of truth and fiction, in which unscripted conversations, shot by Richards in beautiful widescreen, come to reveal the complexity of life in this small oil town.
Courtney Stephens is a filmmaker whose non-fiction and experimental work has screened widely. She co-curates the Los Angeles microcinema Veggie Cloud, and was Terrence Malick's assistant on The Tree of Life and To the Wonder.