Eagle vs Shark
New Zealand, 93’ ,
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Script: Taika Waititi
Producer: Cliff Curtis
Production company: Flag of the United States Miramax Films
Cinematography: Adam Clark
Editing: Jonathan Woodford-Robinson
Music: The Phoenix Foundation
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Loren Horsley, Craig Hall, Joel Tobeck
Format: 35 mm, color
Running time: 93'
Lily is one of those weird, sweet-natured girls with stringy hair who is quite lovely and charismatic under a surface of shy awkwardness. But most people don't have enough vision to notice, and the truth is that Lily isn't looking to change. She cashiers at a fast-food joint and pines for Jarrod, the self-aggrandizing, clueless geek from the computer store across the way. Fiercely optimistic, Lily crashes Jarrod's animal/video-game extravaganza, impressing him enough with her shark suit and gaming prowess to score a hookup with Eagle Lord (Jarrod) himself. Soon Lily and her brother are driving Jarrod back to his hometown to confront his childhood nemesis. But here Jarrod's self-absorption blossoms so mightily that it may drive even the most adoring of girlfriends away. As Jarrod prepares to exact his revenge on the past, Lily's quiet power gathers force as well.
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival 2007.
Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Screenplay
Taika Waititi a.k.a. Taika Cohen, born 1975., is a New Zealand born film director, writer, painter, comedian and actor of Maori Te Whanau-a-Apanui descent who hails from the East Coast region of New Zealand. He is most notable for his short film Two Cars, One Night for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. As a performer and comedian, Taika has been involved in some of the most innovative and successful original productions seen in New Zealand. He regularly does standup gigs in and around the country and in 2004 launched his solo production, ‘Taika's Increible Show’. Eagle vs Shark is his first feature film.
‘Eagle vs. Shark’ is refreshing in that, while it is hilarious on all counts, it also truly delves into the love of two people who would normally never have a romantic comedy made for them. Geeks in Hollywood are just hot people in glasses, or quirky male models. But in "Eagle vs. Shark," the geeks have inherited the Earth, and given the respect and attention they deserve.
You have to see "Eagle vs. Shark." At worst, you'll walk away amused. At best, you'll have a new favorite movie. Regardless, you will have a fun time. / Mark Bell , Film Threat
Location and screening schedule:
matinee: SC Cinema, Tuesday, October 23rd at 9.00
premiere: SC Cinema, Tuesday, October 23rd at 20.00
reprisal: Cinema Europe, Wednesday, October 24th at 10.00