11/23/2018 20:00 – Murnau-Filmtheater
United States 2017 100 min original version
by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund
Script: Jason Cortlund, DoP: Jonathan Nastasi, Editor: Eva Claire, Production: Small Drama, Blue Suitcase Productions, Orka, Producers: David Hartstein, Nancy Schafer, Cast: Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams, Luis Bordonada
„But ultimately, it’s the tragic, unexamined complexity of the feelings that Sinaloa brings to Merle, and the sophistication of Reid’s and Tolman’s performances as opposite sides of the same coin, that elevates LA BARRACUDA above the ranks of the countless family dramas and psychological thrillers to which it might otherwise be compared. It’s a film that showcases Cortlund’s and Halperin’s skill as storytellers, by resonating with audiences while challenging their expectations.“ (Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap; https://www.thewrap.com/barracuda-review-alison-tolman/)
Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin are a directing team based in Austin, Texas. Cortlund studied film and writing at the University of Oregon and earned a Master’s in screenwriting at the University of Texas. Halperin received her B.A. summa cum laude from Hunter College and her M.F.A from the University of Texas. Both served as programmers for Cinematexas International Film Festival from 1997 to 2004. Their debut feature NOW, FORAGER premiered at the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam. It received “Two Thumbs Up” from Roger Ebert. They were included in The “Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch” in 2012. LA BARRACUDA is their second feature film.