One of the pleasant surprises from last month’s Boston Underground Film Festival was the gritty street drama CASH ONLY. Centered on a low-life slumlord that lives from one hustle to the next and featuring a vibrant, fully realized community of Albanian gangsters surviving in the shadow of Detroit’s decay, CASH ONLY was a multilayered, engaging film that worked on a lot of levels (check out our full review here).
Now thanks to Film Buff, CASH ONLY will be available to a wider audience via VOD and select theatrical markets on May 13th.This is definitely welcome news, and you should check out the trailer below and find out why you should never fuck with Serbian gangsters come May.
As an aside to our readers, we were supposed to bring you an interview with writer /star of the film Nickola Shreli, but he was, in the vernacular familiar to professional wrestling fans, “living the gimmick” and had run off to get into shenanigans with a group of Albanians he stumbled across in Boston.
From the press release:
Elvis Martini is in deep shit. His dilapidated Detroit apartment building is about to be foreclosed on by the bank, most of his tenants are behind on rent, and he’s in big debt to bookies in the dangerous Albanian underworld. The only light in his dark world is his nine-year-old daughter, Lena; he’s in debt to her school, too. Elvis finds some ill-gotten cash in an evicted tenant’s apartment and is able to briefly keeps the wolves at bay, but he soon learns that the money belonged to an even bigger wolf – one that wants his stolen money back.
When Lena is kidnapped by the mysterious menace he’s accidentally messed with, Elvis has 24 hours to come up with $25,000 to save his daughter’s life: cash only.
Lensed on location in the cold, dangerous trenches of Detroit, CASH ONLY’s World Premiere at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival was met with great acclaim, and took home the festival’s Best Director award. The Hollywood Reporter called it “one of the more convincingly gritty indies to hit fests in several seasons” and TwitchFilm praised it for being “both sharp and vulnerable.”