If you’re looking for some professionals to ask for filmmaking advise, you could do worse than the Zellner Brothers. They’ve been making indie features for a decade now and shorts for even longer. They know a thing or two about getting films made.
Their latest is Damsel, a western that asks a lot of questions about its genre and society as a whole. Samuel (Robert Pattinson) is on a mission to rescue his fiancé Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). All is not what it seems with Samuel and Penelope and the old west in which they live, and Damsel gets further and further away from a traditional cowboy movie. (Read our review here.)
David and Nathan Zellner spoke with /Film about Damsel and how to make indie movies in Los Angeles. Some mild spoilers might make this a better read after you see Damsel but nothing too specific for anyone who hasn’t yet. Damsel is now playing in theaters.
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One of the earliest images we’re given in Damsel, the latest from filmmakers David & Nathan Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), is of our presumed protagonists sharing a dance. Samuel (Robert Pattinson in full good-guy mode) and Penelope (Mia Wasikowska) are smiling and skipping along in a kind of line dance and just generally giving the appearance of young love. Considering some of the darker images we see throughout the film, the dancing is a welcome relief. Read More »
Snopes killed the urban legend, but strange and unprovable stories can still live on in film. And there’s often a grain of truth at the bottom of the most unbelievable story. For Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, the truth is this. In 2001 a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, was found dead in the snow in North Dakota. Misinterpretations led to the idea that Takako failed to realize that the film Fargo was a piece of fiction, and that she was searching for the money buried in the snow by Steve Buscemi’s character. That story went around for a while, until it was disproved in 2003. But David and Nathan Zellner have turned the strange tale into an elegant film about loneliness and the willpower and specific insanity required to chase wild dreams. Have a look at the Kumiko the Treasure Hunter trailer below.
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