LOOT made a sensational debut last night at Stranger Than Fiction with director Darius Marder in attendance. Not even the World Series stopped the theater from filling up. Winner of the jury prize at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival, the film was introduced at STF by one of those jurors, Esther Robinson who praised the film for being full of surprises. Indeed, the most frequent comment heard after the show is that audience members didn’t think the film’s synopsis does justice to its splendors. Rather than dwell on the plot-line about World War II veterans going in search of buried wartime treasure, perhaps it’s better to take Sam Shepard’s word that it’s “a powerful evocation of fathers, sons, war and time, that sneaks up on you like a thief in the night.” Or as Michael Tully wrote yesterday in HAMMER TO NAIL: “Darius Marder’s LOOT isn’t just proof that truth is stranger than fiction; in this case, it is infinitely richer than the very best of fiction.” LOOT will open later this month at the IFC Center.
(Q&A photo courtesy of Tequila Minsky)
After the film, we headed to 99 Below for drinks and the remainder of the Yankees game (ouch!).
Maria with filmmakers Ruth Somalo (her recent film TILL YOU’RE TOLD TO STOP won 3 awards at last week’s Tenerife Film Festival: Best Director, Best Documentary and Best Picture – go Ruth!) and Cathryne Czubek (GIRL AND A GUN).
Filmmaker Lee Hirsch (AMANDALA) demonstrates what happens when your iPod gets jammed into the back of a theater seat…