Jessica and Gus are two apathetic teenagers, drifting aimlessly from one day to the next until they meet each other at a 4th of July party. As they watch the fireworks, Gus says he’s not the sort of guy Jessica thinks he is. Their fleeting connection changes when he tells Jessica a dark secret.
Characteristic of that new, so-called “mumblecore” generation of independent filmmaking in the United States, Dance Party, USA, the debut feature from Aaron Katz (Land Ho!, Gemini) is a SXSW winner whose careful, insightful observation of two teenagers coming of age has stood the test of time.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Walter Salles, 2004, Argentina
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States