2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter


Kumiko lives in a cluttered, cramped apartment in Tokyo with her pet rabbit, Bunzo. She works as an office lady, robotically preparing tea and fetching dry cleaning for her nitpicky boss. But on her own time, she obsessively watches a well-known American film on a weathered VHS tape. Rewinding and fast-forwarding repeatedly, she meticulously maps out where a briefcase of castaway loot is buried within the fictional film. After hours of intense research—convinced that her destiny depends on finding the money—Kumiko heads to the United States and into the harsh Minnesota winter to search for it.

Director: David Zellner

Executive Producer: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Producer: Nathan Zellner, Cameron Lamb, Chris Ohlson

Screenwriter: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner

Cinematographer: Sean Porter

Editor: Melba Jodorowsky

Production Designer: Kikua Ota, Chad Keith

Sound Designer: Rene Jones-Jones

Music: The Octopus Project

Principal Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard


David and Nathan Zellner are Austin-based filmmakers who have written, produced, and directed numerous award-winning shorts and two feature films, Goliath (2008) and KID-THING (2012), both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sales Agent: Josh Braun / Submarine

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