// Presented as part of Filmatique's American Indie II Series //
Spotlight on Little Feet
Alexandre Rockwell / 2014, Toronto, Rome, Mar del Plata, NYT Critics' Pick, Valladolid, Vienna / 64'
Lana and her brother Nico wake up one morning to find one of their two goldfish dead. After a makeshift funeral they discover they've missed the bus to school, and thus embark on an odyssey from eastern Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean where they will set the other fish free. Along the way the siblings encounter situations both exhilarating and frightening, attuned to the magical underbelly of their urban milieu, the cathartic rush of waves.
Charting a luminous journey through hidden geographies of contemporary Los Angeles, and shot entirely on 16mm black and white celluloid loose-ends, Little Feet evokes the winsome prism of childhood discovery and resilience amid loss. Alexandre Rockwell's ninth feature premiered at Toronto, Vienna, and Mar del Plata, where it won the Special Jury Award. Little Feet was also selected as a New York Times Critics' Pick.
"With nods to the cinematic anarchy of John Cassavetes and Jean Vigo… Little Feet plunges directly into the wildly unpredictable logic of childhood"
- Ronnie Scheib, Film Review, Variety