Previously at the ICA - Films
16 May 2012 – 10 Jul 2012
Winner of Best Narrative Feature at the South-by-Southwest Film Festival in 2010, Tiny Furniture is a funny and incisive portrait of a young woman at a crossroads.
22-year old Aura (Lena Dunham) returns home from university to her artist mother’s Tribeca loft with: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself, a dying hamster and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her train wreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring and ill-advised romantic options lurk around every corner. Aura quickly careens into her old/new life: a dead-end hostess job, pathetic Brooklyn “art shows”, drinking all the wine in her mother’s neatly organised cabinets and competing with her prodigious teenage sister. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.
Tiny Furniture was shot in director and star Dunham’s family home, starring Dunham’s mother (photographer Laurie Simmons) and her precocious sister Grace as Nadine. Inspired by classic 1970’s neurosis-comedy and the best/worst Sandra Bullock romantic comedies, it has earned her comparisons to the likes of Woody Allen.
Dir: Lena Dunham, US, 2010, 98 mins
Cast: Lena Dunham, Grace Dunham, Jemima Kirke