A few days shy of the 2014 edition of SXSW, Oscilloscope has nabbed comedy “Buzzard,” set to make its world premiere at the fest on March 8. Directed by Joel Potrykus, it follows a small-time scam artist who finds himself on a strange journey to Detroit, with only bad checks, a Nintendo Power Glove and his own grumpiness to keep him company.
Oscilloscope is planning a further fest run for the film — it’s next screening after South By will be New Directors/New Films at NYC’s Lincoln Center — with a theatrical release later in 2014.
Potrykus’ previous feature “APE” won Best New Director at the 2012 Locarno International Film Festival.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis, plus watch the trailer below:
BUZZARD follows a small-time scam artist named Marty, a
caustic young man who makes ends meet by drifting from one small con to the
next. When paranoia forces him out of a
lousy temp job, he gets thrust on a journey that—after a brief stopover in his
loser co-worker’s basement—ultimately brings him to Detroit with nothing but a
pocket full of bogus checks, a not-so-subtlety-modified Nintendo® Power Glove,
and a bad temper. It’s like Albert Camus
meets Freddy Krueger.