Nov 9-13, 2017

Strange Weather

WITH GUEST DIRECTOR KATHERINE DIECKMANN

Run Time: 92 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

A lyrical, emotionally rich drama, Strange Weather tracks a strong southern woman as she travels the backroads of the Deep South with her best friend, aiming to settle a score. Acclaimed actress Holly Hunter (The Piano, Broadcast News) is Darcy Baylor, whose life has been in limbo since her son Walker committed suicide seven years ago. When Darcy learns that Walker’s old college friend and antagonist Mark is now the owner of a big restaurant chain, whose concept was entirely lifted from Walker, she decides to pay Mark a visit. What will she do? “I just want to look him in the eye,” says Darcy. “Then I’ll decide. I was never one for planning.”

Darcy’s journey is filled with surprising encounters and unexpected detours, set to a quirky, wonderful score by indie music icon Sharon Van Etten. Director Katherine Dieckmann stated to Women and Hollywood, “I wanted to explore the complicated path of an unconventional female protagonist in a way that felt real to me in terms of the women I actually know in my life—women I rarely if ever get to see represented on the big screen. They have reached a certain age but remain unresolved, alive, contradictory, compelling, and not prone to stereotyping.” Holly Hunter and Carrie Coon, as her best friend, give rich and soulful performances, perfect collaborators in the achievement of Dieckmann’s vision.

What’s constant in Katherine Dieckmann’s films – Motherhood (2009), Diggers (2006) and A Good Baby (2000) – is an attention to characters and place…. It takes a skilled writer and director to evoke the pangs of homesickness for those places we might have lived — or never even been — but Dieckmann shows herself a master mapmaker to the nostalgic heart in Strange Weather.

— April Wolfe, LA Weekly

A lyrical, emotionally rich drama, Strange Weather tracks a strong southern woman as she travels the backroads of the Deep South with her best friend, aiming to settle a score. Acclaimed actress Holly Hunter (The Piano, Broadcast News) is Darcy Baylor, whose life has been in limbo since her son Walker committed suicide seven years ago. When Darcy learns that Walker’s old college friend and antagonist Mark is now the owner of a big restaurant chain, whose concept was entirely lifted from Walker, she decides to pay Mark a visit. What will she do? “I just want to look him in the eye,” says Darcy. “Then I’ll decide. I was never one for planning.”

Darcy’s journey is filled with surprising encounters and unexpected detours, set to a quirky, wonderful score by indie music icon Sharon Van Etten. Director Katherine Dieckmann stated to Women and Hollywood, “I wanted to explore the complicated path of an unconventional female protagonist in a way that felt real to me in terms of the women I actually know in my life—women I rarely if ever get to see represented on the big screen. They have reached a certain age but remain unresolved, alive, contradictory, compelling, and not prone to stereotyping.” Holly Hunter and Carrie Coon, as her best friend, give rich and soulful performances, perfect collaborators in the achievement of Dieckmann’s vision.

What’s constant in Katherine Dieckmann’s films – Motherhood (2009), Diggers (2006) and A Good Baby (2000) – is an attention to characters and place…. It takes a skilled writer and director to evoke the pangs of homesickness for those places we might have lived — or never even been — but Dieckmann shows herself a master mapmaker to the nostalgic heart in Strange Weather.

— April Wolfe, LA Weekly

Film Details

USA, 2016
DIRECTED BY KATHERINE DIECKMANN
WRITTEN BY KATHERINE DIECKMANN
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY DAVID MORRISON
EDITED BY MADELEINE GAVIN
MUSIC BY SHARON VAN ETTEN
CAST: HOLLY HUNTER, CARRIE COON, KIM COATES, RITCHIE MONTGOMERY RUNNING TIME: 92 MINS

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