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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. IONCINEMA.com 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 IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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