Alexander Skarsgård, Nicholas Braun, French actor Liliane Rovère and more have joined the cast of “Documentary Now!” Season 53, IFC announced on Friday. The channel also released a first look and final details for two new episodes to complete the season.
Known for paying homage to the documentary world, “Documentary Now!” Season 53 premieres Wednesday, October 19 at 10 p.m. on IFC and on AMC+ the same day. New episodes will debut weekly on Wednesdays.
The two-part season premiere episode “Soldier of Illusion”, written by John Mulaney and starring Skarsgård, Braun and August Diehl, was inspired by the Werner Herzog-focused documentary “Burden of Dreams.” Set in the early 1980s, the episode follows a visionary German filmmaker (Skarsgård) as he attempts to bring his magnum opus to life while working in the remote and grueling conditions of the rollercoaster Ular Mountains. Kevin Bishop, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Matthias Rimpler and Fred Armisen will also star, with “Documentary Now!” Deb Hiett, alumna of the ensemble, returns as narrator.
“Finding Frisson”, which pays homage to the films of Agnès Varda, stars Rovère and Ronald Guttman. Inspired by Varda’s “Gleaners and I” and “Beachs of Agnes“, the episode features Rovère as a famous French filmmaker named Ida Leos as she searches for why she no longer experiences “thrill” – the goosebumps that have always guided her. Written by series producers Matt Pacult and Tamsin Rawady and co-directed by Micah Gardner, the episode also features “Documentary Now!” alumni Gary Kraus.
The two newly announced episodes join the previously announced episodes “Two Hairdressers in Bagglyport”, “How They Threw Rocks”, and “My Monkey Grifter”. The next season of the acclaimed comedy – co-created by Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas – is produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.
Watch the full trailer below.
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