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Deadly Ponies find local stablemate in US

New York’s Rooftop Films programme kicks off next month. The line-up is announced, if not the schedule, with Zoe MacIntosh’s Deadly Ponies Gang named alongside Florian Habicht’s Pulp.

The programme screens alfresco throughout the summer months. Taglined ‘Underground Movies Outdoors’, it is perhaps best described as an eclectic mix, although it leans far more heavily towards genre than arthouse titles.

British comedian Steve Coogan’s The Trip to Italy will play in a selection that also includes a couple of Sundance-premiered titles: Jim Mickle’s Cold In July, named yesterday in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight line-up, and Ana Lily Amirpour’s Elijah Wood-produced Iranian vampire flick A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

At the even less mainstream end of the spectrum, the programme gives outings to David Zellner’s absurdist odyssey Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, which collected a Jury Award at Sundance. The film has as its premise a Japanese woman who believes Fargo is a true story and journeys to Minnesota in search of the stolen money hidden during the classic Coen brothers film.

Rinko Kichuki

Kumiko: Rinko Kikuchi will go far

The film stars Rinko Kikuchi, also seen recently in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

Equally Japanese is filmmaker Hitoshi Matsumoto, whose Toronto-premiered S&M-themed R100 gets its first outing in New York. The full Rooftop line-up is here.

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