Vincent Gallo Has Made A Film Entitled April, But You're Probably Never Going To See It

Vincent Gallo

Vincent Gallo is unfortunately probably most famous for being a controversial celebrity more than anything else.

Gallo's 2003 film Brown Bunny led to a great deal of strong reactions from critics – including a feud between him and Roger Ebert – and the explicit, unsimulated sex scene in the film between Gallo and Chloe Sevigny carried with it a great deal of controversy.

Since then Gallo has only directed one feature film, Promises Written in Water, which played at two film festivals before Gallo came out and said that,

I do not want my new works to be generated in a market or audience of any kind.

He's stayed true to that claim and Promises Written in Water has not received any form of release at all. But will he stick to this plan with all "new works" or was it just something he said in the heat of the moment?

Mubi noticed this week that Gallo has updated his official website with a 'new' film. Listed in the acting section of the website is April, a film that he's also written, produced and directed.

The full listing is as follows,

April – (2013) feature 88 minutes, written, produced and directed by Vincent Gallo, role of Seth Goldstone, co-stars James Ira Gurman

James Ira Gurman is the birth name of Jamie Gillis, a pornographic actor and director who died in 2010. So is the year being 2013 in the listing actually a bit of a red herring?

In the interview in which Gallo mentioned that his new works would no longer be viewed by the public he also commented that,

I have just finished a new film and has not made ​​similar agreements with anyone. So this film is allowed to rest in peace, and stored without being exposed to the dark energies from the public.

It seems likely that April is almost certainly the film he was talking about in that quote, as Gillis could have co-starred in it before he passed away in 2010.

So there you have it, there's a 'new' Vincent Gallo film called April. But it looks like we're never going to see it. Unless the inclusion of 2013 in the listing is a suggestion that it will be released in 2013. I'm skeptical but would love to be proven wrong.

Films shouldn't be locked away and allowed to "rest in peace", they should be available for people to watch and to discuss.