'Quiet City' finds an audience while deliberately going nowhere

Hellman and Katz
Sarah Hellman acts in Aaron Katz' film "Quiet City." The film is seen as a leading example of the mumblecore movement.
MPR photo/Euan Kerr

Mumblecore films tend to be about twenty-somethings drifting through life. While this may not be everyone's cup of tea, the realism of mumblecore films has earned them rave reviews.

The New York Times says Aaron Katz's film "Quiet City" creates "a mood of reflective melancholy reminiscent of the loneliness at the heart of Edward Hopper paintings."

Katz will introduce his film at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis this weekend. He'll be joined by Sarah Hellman who makes her acting debut in the film.

It's the story of Jamie and Charlie who meet by chance in Brooklyn and walk around for 24 hours looking for Jamie's friend Samantha, who has disappeared.

Aaron Katz and Sarah Hellman told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr the secret of making things look unstaged.

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