The 11th Green

The 11th Green

A respected journalist uncovers the truth behind the folklore of President Eisenhower's long-alleged involvement in UFO events.

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USA 2020, 109 minutes, Antarctic Pictures, Destination Maitland LLC
Origination format:  Red 5K and film
Exhibition format: DCP 4K

Major festival showings:  Palm Springs International Film Festival 2020 (premiere), Maine International Film Festival.


“The bottom line: a thoughtful and compelling what-if starring a never-better Campbell Scott. . . . A bracing example of Munch’s fearless knack for casting a new light on official stories. . . . that information unwinds with a provocative and illuminating slant, and in combination with the film’s eccentric mix of genres, time periods and SoCal desert atmosphere, it makes for a heady revisionist saga. . . . Munch’s premise rests on the two prexies’ assumed integrity, and their flawed humanity. Well past his personal expiration date, a prescient Ike longs to see the release of closely guarded information that would affect the well-being of humankind and the planet. The Obama-like character is on the cusp of realizing Eisenhower’s wish, but the drama’s idealism is tempered by an understanding of the ways that matters of national security, not to mention personal safety, can trump the best intentions. . . . For all the story’s machinations and dark doings, The 11th Green is concerned not with narrowly defined party politics but the power of cabals, and the relative powerlessness of figureheads. . . . [I]n its precision and poetry, the language is alive, and Munch gives each character a distinctive voice. A particularly choice line, delivered with emotion by the usually even-tempered Ike, spins around a colorful turn of phrase that could also describe this odd and elegant mongrel of a movie: 'We’re all,' the long-dead president says, 'cosmic mutts.'"
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES OF 2020.  “Extraordinarily imaginative. . . . Munch plays these elaborate games of historical impersonation and speculation with a restrained, poker-faced delight. His wry, sophisticated, and tight-lipped mimicry captures, in tone, style, and detail, a world of brute power masked by byzantine diplomatic ruses and military discipline, the crude threats and psychological maneuvers of cloak-and-dagger operatives, and the range of manners—from reserved to chipper, from beefy to brassy—that go with it. . . . Munch has the daring to yoke this world-menacing science fiction and world-historical politics to peculiarly intimate settings. The drama is filmed, in images of tightly restrained giddy delight, as high-stakes face-offs of duos and scrums of trios and quartets, and even a set of solo scenes in which private calculation resonates with mighty implications. The results never seem trivial or petty, however, because the characters are fittingly grand and forceful, and the vast views of empty deserts and skies provide a mighty natural setting for supernatural wonders. What’s more, the intergalactic forces that Munch marshals have a metaphysical dimension, which bends time to bring about a remarkable series of intergenerational meetings of the minds. These revelatory sequences explore inaccessible recesses of psychic experience while, nonetheless, exposing seventy-five years of political verities as reckless shams—and questioning the very nature of life on Earth."
Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“[B]oth whimsical and dark. . . . Christopher Munch has a near-unique filmmaking voice, possessed of an understatement that can register either as droll or profound, and sometimes as both. . . . The measured tone with which the movie presents its ostensible revelations is more than half the fun; nothing that comes up is ever played as a twist.”
Glenn Kenny, New York Times (Critic’s Pick)

“We often hear there are no new movie ideas, but I beg to differ. . . . Suggestion: If you’re the type of individual inclined to ingest a marijuana edible now and then, a perfect time to do so would be about 45 minutes before watching 'The 11th Green,' a trippy and mind-bending deadpan indie gem from writer-director Christopher Munch. . . . I won’t divulge any more so you can experience the cool madness of 'The 11th Green' for yourself. Suffice to say it’s out of this world.”