An official selection at both the Sundance and Berlin International Film Festivals, Damsel is an ingenious, beautifully shot deconstruction of the Hollywood Western from the creators of contemporary cult classic Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. Set in the 1870s, the film follows affluent pioneer Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) as he ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). For his journey he brings Butterscotch, a miniature horse intended as a wedding present for his bride, and enlists drunkard Parson Henry (David Zellner) to conduct the ceremony. As the group traverses the West, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel. An unconventional road movie that mixes screwball comedy and timely social critique, Damsel is also an epic, thought-provoking exploration of gender, genre, and American myth.
Directors David & Nathan Zellner | 2018 | In English | 113 minutes | R (for some violence, language, sexual material, and brief graphic nudity) | DCP