Kumiko The Treasure Hunter
$26 at the door. Cash Only.

Saturday Jul 12, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30 PMLive Music
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:45PMQ&A with David and Nathan Zellner
11:30PMAfter Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location. No outside alcohol is permitted.

Please note that roof seating will be first come, first served. Please arrive with your guests to guarantee seating in the same area.

Industry City
Roof and Courtyard
Sunset Park
220 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
Take the D, N, or R trains to 36th Street


This Show Presented in Partnership With
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Time Out New York
New Amsterdam
Bulleit Bourbon

Tickets will be for sale at the door. Cash only. Special Sneak Preview. Austin-based filmmakers the Zellner brothers return to Rooftop with a touching absurdist odyssey starring Rinko Kikuchi as a Japanese woman who believes Fargo is a true story and ventures to Minnesota in search of the stolen money hidden during the classic Coen brothers film.


Kumiko The Treasure Hunter (David Zellner | 105 min.)
The Zellner Brothers present a touching absurdist odyssey starring Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Babel) as a Japanese woman who believes Fargo is a true story and abandons her structured life in Tokyo to embark on an impulsive quest to the frozen Minnesota wilderness in search of this lost mythical fortune.

But make no mistake: This weirdly touching and ultimately quite sad character study echoes previous Zellner outings (and Rooftop Films selections) Goliath and Kid-Thing with its focus on interminably solitary individuals led down the rabbit hole of their absurd quests — only in this case, the outlandish aspects of the plot have been carefully embedded in the entirely believable pathos of its delusional star. The brothers' strongest emotional achievement, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter pushes their style up to a new level of sophistication.

The movie opens with the grainy VHS image from the apocryphal opening title card of Fargo that professes its contents to be a true story. From there, the brothers — who co-write all their projects, while David directs solo — gradually lay out the quiet isolation that Kumiko (Kikuchi) experiences in her drab existence. Held down by a dead-end assistant job, she consoles herself by regularly spitting in her boss' tea, while staying up into the late hours of the night scanning individual frames from a dubbed version of Fargo to determine the location of the movie's suitcase full of money.

Kumiko eventually decides to journey to Minnesota, launching an odyssey that marks her transition from daydreamer to outright adventurer — although the mystique of her task creates an uneasy tension with its outright lunacy, and the results are constantly surprising and disarmingly beautiful. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter both celebrates the escapist power of personal fantasies and bears witness to their dangerous extremes.

-Eric Kohn


Cuddle Formation
"as founder and integral part of the fmly collective, klein’s music has always been aimed at something that necessarily leaves the bedroom behind, that transcends notions of the private and domestic to create a unifying, collective and thus progressive experience. it is here, beyond the obvious, where Noah’s art becomes political and thus unfolds its emancipatory momentum... with his own interpretation of common dream pop tropes, cuddle formation’s music actualizes goya’s insistence on the necessary interplay between escapist dreaming and reason. as a consequence, his dream pop may serve not as a safe haven but as the nucleus for the emergence of true consciousness as the necessary condition of the possibility of the political in a 21st century that is ridden by post-modernist disorientation."

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