SXSW ’22: Three Questions for ‘Linoleum’ Director Colin West

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As the 2022 South by SouthWest Film Festival gets underway, we investigate the personalities, film tastes and need-to-know details of this year’s filmmaking crop, with just three questions. In this edition: ​​Colin West, writer and director of Linoleum.

Jim Gaffigan and everyone’s favorite kickass TV lawyer Rhea Seehorn star in Colin West’s Linoleum, in which a satellite falls from orbit and crashes into the suburban home of a dysfunctional family in Ohio.

While his wife and daughter believe he’s experiencing a midlife crisis, the family’s patriarch seizes the opportunity to fulfill his dream of becoming an astronaut by rebuilding the satellite into his own rocket ship. Surreal events begin to unfold around him, forcing him to reconsider how interconnected the lives of him and his family truly are.

Linoleum makes its world premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition section at SXSW. The film’s schedule can be found here.

Letterboxd: If you were programming your SXSW 2022 film as a double feature with another film from the history of cinema, what would that other film be?

Colin West: I would have to say—after a very long deliberation—considering films that are near and dear to me, and that influenced my film’s story, like A Serious Man, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and When Margaux Meets Margaux, and also films that influenced the aesthetic of Linoleum like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, American Beauty, and Welcome to the Dollhouse, and also considering the films that influenced the world of Linoleum like Donnie Darko, Breaking Away, and Blue Velvet… Well, I would say… Wait, what are we talking about again? Did I successfully avoid having to narrow this answer down to one? Well. Actually, ya know what… I would couple it with an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy. Yeah.

Describe your personality in three movies. 

I ♥ Huckabees on a good day, Synecdoche, New York on my last day, and Endless Poetry everyday.

What’s one thing you’d love viewers to know (no spoilers!) about your film before they go in? A small detail to look out for, a location of interest, a cameo appearance, an on-set mishap that led to an on-screen piece of brilliance… tell us! 

I love this question! Well, I have to say—look out for Linoleum. Remember the film is called this, and it’s called this for a reason... Don’t overthink it.

SXSW runs from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 March, 2022.