Damsel

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Damsel

David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
USA, 2017
Features, 113min, OF

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Damsel

David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
USA, 2017
Features, 113min, OF

Cast: 
Robert Pattinson
Samuel
Mia Wasikowska
Penelope
Nathan Zellner
Rufus Cornell
Robert Forster
alter Priester
David Zellner
Parson Henry
Screenplay: 
David Zellner
Nathan Zellner
Camera: 
Adam Stone
Editor: 
Melba Robichaux
Composer: 
The Octopus Project
Decoration: 
Scott Kuzio
Costume: 
Terry Anderson

Production: 
Strophic Productions
Damsel Productions
World Sales: 
Great Point Media
Format: 
DCP
Color

A likably offbeat combination of western, comedy and romance, DAMSEL delights in upending audience expectations at every turn. The early stretches promise a larkish but heartfelt love-story as besotted young fop Samuel Alabaster travels across the 19th century Old West to meet his bride-to-be Penelope, with a miniature horse named Butterscotch and the “preacher” he’s brought along to perform the marriage ceremony. But when the supposed “lovebirds” finally meet up, all manner of hell very quickly breaks loose. Written and directed by co-star Zellner with his brother Nathan (who also pops up in an outrageously over-the-top supporting role), DAMSEL is the third feature from the fraternal duo following KID-THING (2012) and KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (2014). These idiosyncratic and darkly amusing films have steadily accumulated something of a world-wide cult following, and DAMSEL – which premiered at Sundance before competing for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale – is already well on the way to the same status. Magnificent outdoor locations do their best to steal the show from the ultra-game cast, while music by The Octopus Project works neo-country wonders with banjo, guitar, (yee-haw) saw, fiddle and flute. (Neil Young)

David Zellner: PLASTIC UTOPIA (1997), FRINTIER (2001), GOLIATH (2008), KID-THING (2012), KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER (2014)

Nathan Zellner: FLOTSAM/JETSAM (2005, K), BLACK SOMETHING (2016, K)