The Friday screening features an appearance by director Bastian Günther. The audience is invited to a reception in the Museum galleries following the film.
Corporate headhunter Clemens Trunschka (Ulrich Tukur from The Lives of Others and The White Ribbon) is sent on a mission to recruit the CEO of Houston Petrol for a German car company. Failed attempts to connect with the man lead Trunschka deeper into his jet-lag and whiskey-induced daze, causing him to slip further from reality until his perception no longer matches the world around him. Local audiences will recognize many of the film’s locations, as well as how it evokes aspects of Paris, Texas, the 1984 Wim Wenders film. Houston premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and won a special jury prize at the Boston Independent Film Festival. The film costars Garret Dillahunt (TV's Burn Notice and Raising Hope).
“A fearless portrayal of a man searching for new ways to hit bottom as he flings himself down the slopes of self-loathing with all the gusto of a certain cartoon coyote. Houston dives unflinchingly deep into the heart of Texas and comes up with something as surprising as it is precious: hope.”
—Sundance Film Festival
Born in 1974 in Hachenburg, Germany, Bastian Günther studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. The short film he made there, End of a Trip, won a First Steps award in 2006. Autopilots, which he wrote and directed in 2007, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and went on to screen at festivals worldwide, winning the MFG-Star award for young directors at the MFG Festival in Baden-Baden. He divides his time between Berlin and Austin.
Community partners: Houston Film Commission; Southwest Alternate Media Project; and Houston Cinema Arts Society