Northside Film Spotlight: You Won’t Miss Me

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06/18/2010 10:29 AM |

Not Chang Chen and Shu Qi in Three Times.
  • Not Chang Chen and Shu Qi in Three Times.

Films are new to the Northside Festival lineup this year, as The L and a number of partners present indie hits and sneak previewshttp://www.thelmagazine.com/newyork/NFFilmFest/Page. Screenings are at indieScreen, the new theater on Kent Avenue, and you can waltz in with your badge in hand, or else buy tickets to individual screenings. We’ve previewed what the L and Film Comment are showing; here’s a look at what BAMcinematek has for you.

At 10pm on Thursday, June 24, BAM presents You Won’t Miss Me, the second feature by born-and-bred young Manhattanite Ry Russo-Young, winner of a 2009 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” [sic]. When the film played at last year’s BAMcinemaFEST, L contributor Nick Pinkterton praised the film in the Village Voice, saying that this “fire-starting, tantrum-improv” was “made with commitment and absorbing sympathy by director Ry Russo-Young and star Stella Schnabel (an art-world scion, playing an open-bar debauchee who never seems to work, but makes rent). Schnabel’s Shelly is an easy lay, intense enough to spook you the morning after, but not commitably crazy, spending her twenties hungover at auditions after swapping chlamydia with any Williamsbeard scrub in a bad band. Miss Me gets its milieu’s bathroom-sex stink and, in scenes like the sudden slash of insults between Shelly and a girlfriend on a spoiled weekend trip, has a pure 180-proof burn.”

The trailer is after the jump: