Generation Whine

“I feel like this outfit screams ‘I’ve been living in Ohio for the past three years. Take me to your gross apartment and have sex with me,” Aura complains in recent indie hit Tiny Furniture. Comedies of humiliation are usually bred in the minds of those much older and male. But 23-year-old writer Lena Dunham has managed to create 98 minutes of neurotic film gold that rivals that of genre masters Woody Allen and Larry David. In her second feature-length, Tiny Furniture, which won the Jury Prize at the SXSW 2010 Film Festival, Dunham plays herself. In the film, she returns home to her parents’ true-life apartment after graduating from college with a film theory degree. Her one ray of hope? The 357 views her YouTube video has garnered. Dunham’s real mother and sister play themselves as well, and their artistic success only highlights Aura’s hapless ennui. Beyond its Zeitgeist-y story, Tiny Furniture is the only film to be shot using a handheld, single lens reflex camera. See what that looks like when the film screens at Bill Cosford Cinema.
Sat., Jan. 1, 7 p.m., 2011
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