It started with some good ol' Texas BBQ at Franklin.
Then we went to see our final screening of the festival, at the Paramount.
synopsis: Spun in the Southern storytelling tradition, GET LOW is about the mysterious 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.
mini-review: An old man throws a party before he dies. It's a simple story, but well told. The old man is carrying a dark secret from his past, which you know will be addressed by the end of the film. Since the whole story is heading towards that last monologue by Robert Duvall (which he knocks out of the park), everything that happens before is a character study. Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek turn in fine performances, but this whole movie hinges on Duvall. I will be shocked if he's not nominated for an Oscar next year. It's a good, small film.
things learned at the Q&A:
- Bill Murray is hilarious, but we already knew that. The fact was just reinforced ten-fold when we saw him in person. He was making people laugh just by standing, or slightly changing his facial expression. He had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand.
- The budget for the film was $7 million. It looked great for that amount, especially with that cast.
- This was Aaron Schneider's first full-length film. He won an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film in 2004.
- Robert Duvall was the first choice for the role of Felix Bush.
- Honestly, we didn't pay too much attention to what was being said, because we were too busy laughing at Bill Murray. He's just too funny. At one point, he gave a thumb-up to a guy that claimed to know the identity of the culprit from a certain scene (which wasn't explained in the movie itself), and it was absolutely perfect.
director Aaron Schneider, Bill Murray
Ending the festival with Bill Murray is probably the best thing we could've asked for. Can't wait for next year. We may go back to Austin sooner, perhaps for Fantastic Fest in September. We'll see.