It’s no secret how fondly I feel for the Safdie Brothers’ feature DADDY LONGLEGS. Last winter I named it my favorite American film of the year, and when we played it at the Ritz last spring I wrote endlessly about its hypnotic power to bring viewers into a timeless daze of bad decisions.
The Safdies are young, exciting indie filmmakers who work on the edge of our expectations for movies. This is especially so in their creation of characters – they consistently present protagonists like you’ve never seen on screen.
This is one thing that drew us to inviting the Safdie Brothers to present their short films at the theatre. That is happening next Wednesday, and there you’ll be able to see the filmmakers present their glimpses into some of the cinema’s most underrepresented creatures.
Their unique construction of character is also awe-inspiring in their hugely impressive feature DADDY LONGLEGS. Winner of the John Cassavetes Award for best feature made under $500,000 by the Independent Spirit Awards, the film is a tight and poetic story about a father like you’ve never seen. This father, performed and very much embodied by filmmaker Ronald Bronstein, is a complex figure who seems unable to avoid devastating mistakes.
The film is a beauty, made all the more impressive by the young filmmakers’ ability to capture emotional confusion amid moments of honesty. In this way, the film helps us to see that we are all imperfect, and that’s ok (but also horrible).
In addition to the Safdie Brothers Shorts program, we’re bringing the filmmakers here to present DADDY LONGLEGS. This screening is presented by Austin Film Society in their ongoing “Best of Fests” series. To miss this movie, or their shorts program, would be a foolish thing that you will regret for the rest of your life.
DADDY LONGLEGS plays at the Ritz on Monday, August 22 at 7pm. Tickets available at the Austin Film Society website.