There’s something about quirky, charming relationship stories that really make my Tuesday mornings tolerable. You see, I’m less of an anti-Monday person and more of an anti-Tuesday person. That’s a little-known fact about me. So it’s wonderful that today’s SXSW 2010 preview piece happens to fall on what appears to be one of the more charming and (at least from the trailer) funny films in competition at this year’s festival. Sophomore director Lena Dunham, whose debut Creative Nonfiction played at last year’s SXSW film festival — where our own Adam Sweeney interviewed her — is back with a comic tragedy about what does and doesn’t happen when you move back home after college. It’s called Tiny Furniture, and we’ve got plenty more information on it below, including a trailer, synopsis and photo gallery. Check it out — it screens first on Monday, March 15 at 2:15p at the Alamo Ritz.
22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her trainwreck childhood best friend never left home, and ill-advised romantic possibilities lurk around every corner. Aura quickly throws away her liberal-arts clogs and careens into her old/new life: a dead-end hostess job, pathetic Brooklyn “art shows,” drinking all the wine in her mother’s neatly organized cabinets, competing with her prodigious teenage sister, and desperate sex in a giant metal pipe. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.