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With director Joel Potrykus in person

United States. Dir. Joel Potrykus. 2012, 86 mins. New York premiere. DCP from Factory 25. With Joshua Burge. The phrase “struggling comedian” has never been more fitting than to describe the fictional Grand Rapids standup comic and part-time arsonist Trevor Newandyke in Joel Potrykus’s vividly downbeat Ape. Potrykus won the Best New Director and Best First Feature prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, where programmer Olivier Père called it “a nightmarish, nihilistic tale. The ultra-low budget Ape has all the qualities to become a standard for a generation that has no future, and is also a political manifesto for the best of new American cinema.” 

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