As part of the Dallas International Film Festival, let's go see "Houston".
This film is also shown on Saturday, 4/13 at 8:30 pm.
Houston Germany, 2013, 111 min., Color, English and German with English subtitles
Clemens Trunschka is not doing so well. With spotty employment and a shaky marriage, he’s pretty much lost any claim to being a “functional alcoholic.” The more accurate term for him would probably be “lousy drunk.” So when an opportunity arises to help a German company recruit an American candidate as its CEO, Trunschka seizes the chance to get back in the black—with both his finances and his family.
Showing a deftness for handling such emotional material, writer/director Bastian Günther expands Trunschka’s headhunting expedition into a captivating and subtle examination of failure. He’s aided by lead actor Ulrich Tukur, who delivers a fearless portrayal of a man searching for new ways to hit bottom as he flings himself down the slopes of self-loathing with all the gusto of a certain cartoon coyote. Houston dives unflinchingly deep into the heart of Texas and comes up with something as surprising as it is precious: hope.
— Jon Korn, Sundance Film Festival Info here: http://secure.dallasfilm.org/festivalfeature/id/22815447473325749
Director Bastian Günther, Screenwriter Bastian Günther, Producer Martin Heisler, Joachim Ortmanns, Anne Walker-McBay, EditorAnne Fabini, Cast Ulrich Tukur, Garret Dillahunt, Wolfram Koch