SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2010
By Don Simpson | March 13, 2010
I’ll try to avoid complaining about being sick (sinus infection? allergies?). I will only say that I’m getting off to rather slow start because of it…
First on my plate was the one and only screening of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (directed by: Niels Arden Oplev) at the Alamo Ritz. I got downtown late enough to not score a SXXpress Pass, but early enough to score a seat next to our beloved Dirk Sonniksen. It was a perfectly lovely start to the festival with plenty of thrills albeit with a lot of violence against women, rape, incest, white supremacy… The structure of the film works really well, balancing two seemingly unrelated stories of a journalist and a computer hacker. I’m still digesting the meaning and intent of the story, so for now that’s all I’ve got to say on that one. (Dirk and I will both be reviewing this one soon.)
Next up was Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers. Korine is in the middle of an intensive lucid dreaming training, so he won’t be making his way to Austin until later this week. Which unfortunately meant that the audience did not get the Q&A that I sensed many of them were expecting. Nonetheless, they were exposed (pun intended) to Korine’s newest cinematic adventure. Shot in handheld POV, as if someone found an old VHS tape, Trash Humpers follows a gruesome threesome of elderly sexual deviants. I will try to avoid any spoilers, but I will say that the title is quite literal. Every film by Harmony Korine has a few “what the fuck?” moments — Trash Humpers is the first to be one long, uninterrupted “what the fuck?” moment. To say I need some time to digest this one is an understatement. I’ll be meeting up with Harmony Korine later this week, so I’m very curious to here what he has to say about Trash Humpers. Hopefully, he’ll be able to answer the great question: “What the fuck?” Stay tuned for the interview and my full review of Trash Humpers.
To wind down my night, I swung by the Kick-Ass party at Buffalo Billiards but that was admittedly just to waste some time until my great friend Dan arrived from Chicago. The moment Dan arrived downtown, I grabbed him and we promptly headed home to get some much needed rest…
For Saturday, I’m really excited to see The Myth of the American Sleepover, Wake, The Thorn in the Heart and Cyrus. I’m also still in shock and awe that I will be interviewing the great Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, City of Lost Children) about his newest film, Micmacs (screening at the Paramount on March 13th at 6:45pm). Micmacs is a fantastic film, I strongly recommend checking it out. Unfortunately, my review and interview is being embargoed by the distributor until the official release date – so you’ll have to wait a while to read more about this one. Sorry!