Mar 11 - Mar 17, 2011
(Aaron Katz, USA, 2010, HD, 96 min)
After becoming an indie sensation with his films Quiet City and Dance Party USA, Aaron Katz returns to the screen with the maturity of a veteran filmmaker whose arsenal of cinematic tools seems to know no bounds. Cold Weather, his newest work (set in his native Portland), is simultaneously a story of siblings Doug and Gail and a mystery in the great tradition of crime and detective fiction. Katz’s coy and funny thriller keeps audiences guessing, while sharpening his singular cinematic style. Cinescope hailed it as "the greatest American film of the year," and we happen to agree. Screens with 9 to 5, Aaron’s film commissioned as part of the Film Forum's One-Shot film program.
"If there's one film you see this weekend, please make it Cold Weather at the Northwest Film Forum. If there are two films you see this weekend, I'm gonna have to suggest seeing Cold Weather twice." —Three Imaginary Girls
"Emerges as a nicely offbeat detective story. Stick with this movie, despite the slow start; it goes places." —Seattle Times
"Unassuming yet expansive...Mr. Katz creates a specific world that gracefully enlarges with universal meaning." —NY Times
"It's an impressive experiment in genre in more ways than one: a pulp fiction of troublesome dames and distinctly costumed villains, wedded to conversational comedy, while also a subtle exploration of friendship, family and the behavioral differences between the two." —LA Weekly
"The soothing natural beauty of the northwestern landscape (shot on the infallible RED camera) comes through in Andrew Reed’s pointed cinematography...conveys a magical realist sensibility in the tradition of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love,” the kind of moving image experience informed by expressive audiovisual maneuvers rather than melodramatic overstatements." —Indiewire