One of These Days
with Director Bastian Gunther and Actress Carrie Preston
Followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with Director Gunther Bastian, Actress Carrie Preston, and additional cast members, moderated by HCAS Artistic Director Jessica Green.
In a small Texas town, twenty down-on-their-luck folks compete to win a brand new pick-up truck, a prize that might finally tip the scales of life in their favor. The annual ‘Hands On’ contest puts the vehicle literally within their reach – the winning contestant is the last one standing with their hands held firmly on the truck. Armed only with their dreams and determination, the participants forgo basic human needs to stand around the pickup truck for days to beat out their competitors all for the benefit of an enthusiastic audience and the glare of the local media who turn up each year for the car dealership’s popular publicity stunt. As the blisteringly hot days and long nights of struggle, exhaustion, mind games, hilarity, loss of control, and insanity add up, only one winner can drive away with the truck. Each contestant has their own reasons for joining the contest, and, as the hours tick by, their humanity is laid bare. Who will hold on and win – and at what cost? Stars Carrie Preston (Claws), Callie Hernandez (Alien: Covenant), Joe Cole (Black Mirror) and Lucy Faust (Mudbound).
This film is only available in Texas.
|Country, Year||Germany, 2020|
|Cast||Carrie Preston, Joe Cole, Callie Hernandez|
|Producer||Martin Heisler, Peter Veverka|
|Runtime||120 MINS, SECS|
Bastian Günther, born in Hachenburg on September 3, 1974, graduated in 2006 from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. After winning the First Steps Award with Ende Einer Strecke (End of a Trip), his first feature film, Autopiloten (Autopilots), premiered at the 2007 Berlinale. His second feature film, Houston, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was screened afterwards on festivals worldwide. It won numerous awards and had its theatrical release in 2013. The essay film California City was invited to the 2015’s Visions du Réel (Nyon) Competition. In fall 2015, it won the “National Gallery’s Price for filmart” – followed by a four month long exhibition. Bastian Günther lives in Berlin and in Austin, Texas.
Emmy-winner, Carrie Preston, is currently filming the third season of the hit TNT series CLAWS. For seven seasons, Carrie starred as Arlene, the sassy red-headed waitress on the hit HBO series True Blood. She was a fan favorite on the CBS award-winning series The Good Wife for which her performance as Elsbeth Tascioni garnered an Emmy. Carrie has built a large body of work in film ranging from Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona to Alan Ball’s Towelhead to Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity. Other film credits include To the Bone opposite Keanu Reeves and Lilly Collins, indie darling Daisy Winters opposite Brooke Shields and Dustin Lance Black’s Virginia starring with Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris. In addition to acting, Carrie is also an accomplished director and producer with her production company, Daisy 3 Pictures.