In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible. Writer / Producer Nathan Zellner stops by for a conversation on working with his brother, David, acting and the making of their beautiful breakthrough film.
This weekend (March 20th) at the Landmark Nuart Theatre – The Zellner Bros. IN PERSON at select showtimes. Moderators include Jay Duplass, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Bobcat Goldthwait!
“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a moody comic allegory about desperation, disconnection and dreams that uses Fargo, the Coen brothers classic, as a touchstone to examine modern life.” – Betsy Sharkey, LA Times
“The beauty of Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter comes from the Zellners treating a silly, whimsical premise with utmost seriousness.” – Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
“A delicate, haunting study of a woman who has in several senses lost her way.” – Neil Genlinger, New York Times