Miguel Arteta might be one of independent film’s most underrated directors, but he’s racked up quite a filmography since making his debut 20 years ago with Star Maps. Some of the highpoints include The Good Girl with Jennifer Aniston and last year’s Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek.
Arteta’s new film DUCK BUTTER, which he co-wrote with the film’s star Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), looks to be a similar female empowerment movie going by the new trailer released by The Orchard in advance of the film’s premiere in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In the film, Shawkat plays Naima, who hits it off with Laia Costa’s Sergio at a club, but having experienced dishonesty in previous relationships, they decide to spend the next 24 hours together, having sex every hour, to get a feel for whether the relationship will work.
The premise sounds and looks fun, and it’s exec. produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, who make an appearance in the film, as does Mae Whitman (also from Arrested Development), Hong Chau (Downsizing) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).
The Orchard will open Duck Butter in select cities on April 27 following its Tribeca premiere on April 20.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor