OFFSITE @ NEXT FEST: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (plus conversation w/ Werner Herzog & Zellner Bros.!)

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LOCATION: Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, 90015. NOTE: We’ve got free tickets for the first 200 Cinefamily members who sign up at this special ticketing link. For all other ticket purchases, please click the Tickets icon at the upper right corner of this event listing.

An event that perfectly brings together so many of Cinefamily’s friends and partners, along with a film on which we’re quite stoked! As part of the Sundance Institute’s NEXT Fest (highlighting the most adventurous and conceptually ambitious films from Park City’s annual happening), join Werner Herzog(!) at the Ace Hotel in conversation with filmmakers David & Nathan Zellner (Kid-Thing, Goliath) following a screening of their brand-new work Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter — their most ambitious film to date.

The unusual Kumiko lives in a cluttered, cramped Tokyo apartment with her pet rabbit Bunzo, and robotically works as her nitpicky boss’s office lady. But on her own time, she obsessively watches the Coen Bros.’ Fargo on a weathered VHS tape. Rewinding and fast-forwarding repeatedly, she meticulously maps out where the film’s briefcase of castaway loot is buried — and hurls herself towards the harsh Minnesota winter, in hopes of the treasure changing her life for good. Inspired by an urban legend about a Japanese woman who took a similar journey, the Zellners’ love letter to lonely eccentrics is a fascinating study, with Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Babel) delivering a wonderously withdrawn performance in the title role. Shot with breathtaking precision, Kumiko soars to transcendence as it reveals the beauty in the quest for reality, even if that reality is just your own.
Dir. David Zellner, 2014, 105 min.

Watch Sundance’s “Meet The Artists ’14: Zellner Bros”!
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