The best new films featuring top talent make their debut on DIFF screens
USA, 2017, 94 min., Color
Married couple Anna and Ben fight constantly. It doesn’t help that they’ve each come to a standstill in their careers, or that, together, they’ve suffered a heartbreak neither wants to face. But one day they come up with a brilliant idea they actually agree on: Why not start a band and use their arguments as songwriting inspiration? Almost as soon as they dig out their old electric guitars from the garage, their musical partnership starts to jell, but it soon becomes apparent this is only a temporary distraction from their real problems. Debut feature director Zoe Lister-Jones, who also writes and stars in Band Aid, offers an honest, intelligent, and hilarious perspective on modern relationships. Carefully observed and cleverly conceived, the film hinges on the undeniable chemistry between Adam Pally and Lister-Jones—not to mention they make a delightful indie pop duo (along with Fred Armisen on drums). Together they create a moving and comedic portrayal of a couple in denial of their pain, and who have to heal separately in order to move forward.
Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel
Zoe Lister-Jones is an actor, director, writer, and producer who is currently starring in CBS’s Life in Pieces, and she recently co-starred in Confirmation for HBO. As a writer/producer/actor, her previous credits include BREAKING UPWARDS (IFC), LOLA VERSUS (Fox Searchlight), and CONSUMED (MarVista Entertainment). BAND AID, which she also wrote, produced, and stars in—under the banner of her production company, Mister Lister Films—marks Lister-Jones's directorial debut.