Mister Lonely is a 2007 film, directed by Harmony Korine and written by Korine in collaboration with his brother Avi. Mister Lonely is the third feature film directed by Korine. It is a co-production of O'Salvation and was filmed in Panama, Scotland and France on a budget of around 8.5 million dollars. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2007, and began its theatrical run in the US on May 2, 2008.
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter to provide a synopsis for the film in an interview published May 22, 2007, Korine answered:
In broad terms, it's a movie about a Michael Jackson impersonator living in Paris who's down on his luck. He meets a Marilyn Monroe impersonator at a commune where all these other impersonators live. They want to put on a show in hopes that the world will come see them perform. She convinces him to go to this place and things happen. At the same time, there's a story about nuns jumping out of airplanes.Pictures relating to the film and its production can be found here.
Harmony Korine's father, Sol, worked on the film as an assistant director. Korine mother, Eve, also appears as one of the nuns, and his wife, Rachel, is in the film too, playing Little Red Riding Hood.
The character of Little Red Riding Hood was originally a Britney Spears impersonator.
The part of Renard, played in the film by Leos Carax, was originally cast with Jean-Pierre Léaud. Léaud was forced to drop out after several of his teeth fell out a week before filming.
Werner Herzog was originally cast as the Abraham Lincoln impersonator but due to production on his own film Rescue Dawn (2006) he was not able to play such a large role. In the end he appears in the film as a priest, a smaller role, with Richard Strange taking the part of the Abraham Lincoln impersonator.
Mister Lonely was released by Force Entertainment on R4 DVD in Australia on July 16, 2008. The DVD featured as extras the film's theatrical trailer, a ten-minute making-of documentary, and forty-minutes of deleted scenes. The film was originally scheduled to be released by Tartan Video on R2 DVD in the UK on July 28, 2008, but due to the collapse of Tartan UK in June of 2008 the release there has been delayed. Mister Lonely was also released on DVD in Japan on August 8, 2008, and in Canada on September 16, 2008. It is scheduled for release on DVD in the US on November 18.
The screenplay for Mister Lonely was published by Nieves on March 25, 2008. The book features the full screenplay along with a selection of 22 black-and-white photographs by Rachel Korine and Brent Stewart.
The soundtrack to Mister Lonely, which features original compositions by Jason Spaceman and Sun City Girls, was released in CD and LP formats in the US by Drag City on April 22, 2008.
Brent Stewart is responsible for an exhibition of photographs of the cast of Mister Lonely, entitled Mister Lonely Portraits, which has been exhibited several times since 2007.
Stewart is also the director of the one-hour documentary The Lonely, which follows the filming of Mister Lonely.