When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one. In a bold, wondrous and timely film, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination…you’ll find courage in the most unexpected place.
Initial release: December 21, 2018 (USA)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Budget: $39 million
Production companies: Universal Pictures, ImageMovers
Screenplay: Robert Zemeckis, Caroline Thompson
Welcome to Marwen is an upcoming American drama film co-written by Robert Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson and directed by Zemeckis. It is inspired by the documentary Marwencol by Jeff Malmberg 2010. The film stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendoline Christie, Leslie Zemeckis and Neil Jackson. The film will be released by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2018.
Parents should know that Welcome to Marwen is a drama based on the true story of a man who learns to deal with trauma through the power of art and imagination. After a brutal attack leaves Mark Hogenberg (Steve Carell) barely able to walk, talk or access his memories, he finds a unique way to cope.
By meticulously creating a World War II city filled with dolls based on himself and the people in his life, Mark discovers an artistic outlet that not only helps him recover but also finds the courage to face his own attackers The story is told so much in the world of the Marwen dolls, where a group of powerful female heroes inspired by women in Mark’s life help “Hogie” in the Nazi struggle, as well as the “real” world, in the that Mark is working on an art exhibit with his beautifully detailed world and closer and closer to his new neighbor, Nicol (Leslie Mann). While this looks like an uplifting story with positive messages about perseverance and the power of art, it is likely to be too intense for children and teenagers. Expect fantasy violence in the world of dolls, as well as violence in the real world, insults, drinks, sexual references, romance and heavy topics.