"Swim Little Fish Swim."
Among the crop of heavily anticipated films from already established filmmakers at festivals, there's always the potential of being pleasantly surprised by great work from new blood. We have an exclusive first look from one such debut film, which makes its world premiere on March 11th in the narrative competition at SXSW in Austin.
Writer/directors Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis collaborated on the award winning short film "Checkpoint" last year, and now they're back on the festival circuit with their first feature, "Swim Little Fish Swim." Starring Dustin Guy Defa from Andrew Bujalski's current festival breakout hit "Computer Chess," as well as co-director Bessis, the film follows a young married Chinatown couple who finds the balance of their relationship thrown into turmoil by the appearence of a bubbly 19-year-old French artist (Bessis).
You can check out a set of five exclusive stills from the film below:
Lola Bessis, Olivia Durling Costello and Dustin Guy Defa walk through Chinatown in Swim Little Fish Swim.
Anne Consigny as Francoise in Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar's Swim Little Fish Swim.
Dustin Guy Defa stars as Leeward in Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar's debut feature Swim Little Fish Swim.
Leeward (Defa) practices with his band and young daughter in Swim Little Fish Swim. From left to right: Jacob Rose (as Jacob), Alec Betterley (as Gus), Olivia Durling Costello (as Rainbow/Maggie), Dustin Guy Defa (as Leeward), Colin Summers (as Colin), and Hamilton Morris (as Hamilton).
Lola Bessis stars at Lilas in Swim Little Fish Swim, which she also co-wrote, co-directed and produced with Ruben Amar.