Roof and Courtyard
220 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
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|8:30 PM||Live Music|
|10:45PM||Q&A with David and Nathan Zellner|
|11:30PM||After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon|
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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.
David and Nathan Zellner are Austin-based filmmakers who have written, produced, and directed numerous award-winning shorts and two feature films, Goliath and KID-THING. Goliath premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, while KID-THING followed a 2012 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival with an extensive festival run, including an international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema held a retrospective of the Zellner brothers' work to date in 2012.