What was Quentin Dupieux thinking? A French record producer, film director and techno DJ better known to fans by his pseudonym, Mr. Oizo, he has crafted one of the more bizarre thrillers in recent years with Rubber, a tongue-in-cheek exercise about a killer car tire who finds his victims along a barren stretch of Mojave Desert highway.
Dupieux, 36, can’t explain his inspiration, but he’s happy to offer some clues. “I tried to make something half dumb and half smart,” he says between quick drags on a Camel Light. “When you are trying to achieve this strange mix, you come up with lots of ideas.
The Sonoma Film Festival and the San Francisco Women's Film Festival are both underway through Sunday, while Super, an ultra-violent comedy starring Rainn Wilson as a hopeless schlub turned vigilante superhero, ratchets up the body count at the Embarcadero. Elsewhere:
1. Bill Cunningham New York
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
If you’ve ever wondered whether contemporary filmmakers have run out of original stories to tell, look no further than Rubber, Quentin Dupieux’s cheerfully deranged tale of a killer car tire rolling down a barren interstate, using psychokinesis to obliterate anyone who stands in his way. (Yes, it’s a he. No Christine here.)