The Violet Crown Cinema will begin showing Richard Linklater’s new film, Bernie, starting on Friday. An exclusive premiere of the film (sponsored by the Austin Film Society and benefiting the Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund) will be held tonight at the theatre with Linklater and Matthew McConaughey in attendance. Unfortunately, the event is sold out.
Prodigal Austin son Richard Linklater has nurtured the city’s film scene since he broke out with his 1991 debut, Slacker. The successful director of indie classics like Before Sunrise and Before Sunset reteams with his School of Rock lead for Bernie, a dark comedy based on a true story.
Jack Black stars as the eponymous character, an assistant funeral director who was beloved by the Carthage, TX locals. Gregarious, warm hearted, and charming, Bernie Tiede took it upon himself to care for the town’s wealthiest and most myopic widow, Marjorie Nugent (played with spit and venom by Shirley McClaine). When her incessant demands took their toll on the altruistic Bernie, whose warm demeanor began to crack, the townsfolk of Carthage saw their most despised resident disappear, only to resurface dead and with Bernie the primary suspect.
Linklater also reteams with Dazed and Confused alum Matthew McConaughey, who plays D.A. Danny Buck Davidson, the man looking to prosecute Bernie. The film was shot in Bastrop, TX shortly before the wildfires that devastated the region.
Check the AFS and Violet Crown websites for more information.