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Video Interview: David Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter)

Decidedly the psychological state of the protagonist (Rinko Kikuchi) in the David and Nathan Zellner’s Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is slightly off its axis, yet she is one of the more methodical, wholeheartedly determined anti-heroines in recent memory. An urban legend that is born out of fact, generously dipped into fiction and becomes a meta-wink to Coen Bros.’ Fargo, the creators behind effervescent contributions such as Goliath and Kid Thing (2013) received major accolades when it premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. partnered with Spot Interactive to present a teaser (soon) to an interview I conducted with one half of the Zellner team. Make sure to click on both parts of my interview with David at the tail end of the teaser. Amplify Releasing releases the pic in theatres today.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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