PINCUS

79 Minutes

Pincus Finster is in way over his head: trying to find a way to stall his father’s Parkinson’s, halfheartedly taking up yoga to meet girls, and letting his only friend, Dietmar, an aging German illegal alien, get drunk and sleep in the homes they’re supposed to be remodeling. Pincus spends his time stoned and fumbling for some sort of spiritual truth. 

written and directed by David Fenster
starring David Nordstrom, Paul Fenster, Christi Idavoy & Dietmar Franosch

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AWARDS


Denver Film Festival: New Directors Award 
Nominee: Independent Spirit Award


SCREENING HISTORY


New York Times Online
Los Angeles Film Festival
Viennale (Vienna, Austria)
Indie Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
Bradford Film Festival (Bradford, England)
RiverRun Film Festival (Winston-Salem, NC)
Miami Film Festival (Miami, FL)


PRESS


MOVEABLE FEST Stephen Saito
“A comedy that gets to have it both ways as a hysterically funny character study and an ethereal rumination on mortality, responsibility and finding one’s place in the world, “Pincus” is transcendent in nearly every way.”

LOS ANGELES TIMES Mark Olsen
“In the film’s own lyric, delicate way, the character played by Nordstrom…seems to be on something of a collision course with himself.”

ARTILLERY Doug Harvey
“Beautifully shot by Fenster, and minimally but exquisitely scored by John Wood, the deadpan episodic storyline thrums with a formalist glow that imbues Pincus’ low-key existential bewilderment with a sense of impending revelation—a promise fulfilled by one of the most satisfyingly anti-climactic denouements ever filmed, which manages to veer Fenster’s improvisational autobiographical naturalism toward a magic realism worthy of Vittorio de Sica’s ‘Miracle in Milan’.”

LIVING IN CINEMA Jackson Truax
Best Performance by an Actor – David Nordstrom in PINCUS“Although there was an embarrassment of riches when it came to exceptional performances on display at this year’s LA Film Festival, the true tour de force came from festival alum David Nordstrom (Sawdust City).”

INDIEWIRE Sophia Savage
“This surprisingly moving drama reads like a documentary…as it follows its titular lead character through an often hilarious personal journey.”

TWITCH Chase Whale
“I fell in love with PINCUS…”

VERY AWARE Courtney Howard
4 out of 5 stars “…this is a raw, uncut festival gem that’s a poignant and morbidly humorous look at life juxtaposed with the setting of imminent death.”

MATT’S MOVIES Matt Holzman
“Light as a feather yet powerful in it’s own quiet way…this is the very definition of a successful, low-budget indie movie.”

FILMMAKER Michael Nordine
“Fenster intersperses these domestic scenes with some genuinely striking underwater sequences…These shots — as well as some oddly intense yoga scenes — heighten the film’s air of unease, which slowly comes to a boil throughout.”

LIVING IN CINEMA Craig Kennedy and Jackson Truax
“David Fenster’s Pincus serves as a shining beacon of truly independent filmmaking, and what film festivals celebrate when at their best.”

HAMMER TO NAIL Paul Sbrizzi
“In David Fenster’s Pincus, Dietmar Franusch brings to life an archetypal character for our times…He cuts through the doubts and pretense of the film’s other characters by just being beautifully genuine and human.”

HUFFINGTON POST John Lopez
“The intimacy and family-aesthetic make you feel like you’re watching home-movies — albeit particularly poignant ones — yet you’re clearly being guided along a subtle narrative.”

SHADOWLOCKED Leo Owen
“Pincus is undoubtedly a truly original piece of work, making Fenster one of the most interesting young director/writers to come out of the US in recent years.”