UPCOMING EVENTS
May 06, 2015

The 16th annual Maryland Film Festival will take place May 6-10, 2015!

Save the Date for MFF 2015!
RECENT EVENTS
Dec 15, 2014

Sumit your film to MFF 2015! For more information, visit mdfilmfest.com/submissions.

Deadline to Submit Your Film to MFF is 12/15/14!
Oct 17, 2014

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational returns to Baltimore!  7:30pm at MICA's Falvey Hall.  Free for Friends of the Festival!

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational Returns!
Sep 25, 2014

HELLION screening with Kat Candler at Stevenson University's Soundstage.  7pm reception, 8pm screening. Free but space is limited.

Screening MFF 2014's HELLION with Kat Candler
FILM GUIDE

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KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
Directed By: David Zellner

David Zellner is an Austin-based filmmaker who, with his brother Nathan, has written, produced, and directed numerous award-winning shorts and the feature films Goliath and KID-THING. Goliath premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and played MFF that same year, while KID-THING followed a 2012 Sundance premiere with an extensive festival run, including MFF 2012. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema held a retrospective of the Zellner brothers' work to date in 2012.

Hosted/Presented By: David Zellner

David Zellner is an Austin-based filmmaker who, with his brother Nathan, has written, produced, and directed numerous award-winning shorts and the feature films Goliath and KID-THING. Goliath premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and played MFF that same year, while KID-THING followed a 2012 Sundance premiere with an extensive festival run, including MFF 2012. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema held a retrospective of the Zellner brothers' work to date in 2012.

Run Time: 105 Minutes
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard

The Zellner Brothers have remained one of the most unique voices in American independent cinema for more than a decade with their brand of idiosyncratic humor and off-beat storytelling. The Zellners create memorable worlds populated by oddball characters and situations—morally bereft children, missing cats, and the arboreal birthing rituals of the sasquatch have all been given the Zellner treatment, to wonderful result. Each film a gift that keeps on giving.

In their latest work, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, they have managed to transition from revered scrappy indie filmmakers into veteran international art-house filmmakers. That’s not to take anything away from their fantastic works of the past, but Kumiko feels like the large-scale, polished international production that it is, filming partially in Japan and partially in the U.S. with two completely different crews, under what must’ve been intense winter conditions. The Zellners effortlessly make the transition, and deliver their most fully realized vision of their aesthetic universe to date, while retaining all that makes their films so special, not the least of which is their wicked sense of humor.

Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) is a solitary office worker whose only friend is her pet rabbit Bunzo. When not serving tea or picking up the dry cleaning of her stern and overly particular boss, Kumiko spends her time studying an old VHS copy of the movie Fargo (by another fantastic sibling filmmaking team you may have heard of), scouring it for clues to find the buried ransom money from that film’s climactic scene. Kumiko is convinced that Fargo’s treasure is real, and decides she must set off to the United States to find this buried ransom in the dead of a Minnesota winter. Along the way her journey is colored by the quirky characters she meets (including two amazing cameos by the Zellners themselves) and the surprising twists and turns of her quest. Beset by culture shock and improperly prepared for the brutal cold and snow, Kumiko needs all the help she can get to find her way. By turns, hilarious and melancholy, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter is a heartfelt work of art and masterful achievement in cinema from a filmmaking duo at the top of their game. (J. Scott Braid)

Screenings
May 10, 2014
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
01:30 PM
UB Langsdale Auditorium
May 11, 2014
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
03:45 PM
The Walters Art Museum