A Perfect Day for Caribou

Official Selection 75th Locarno Film Festival (World Premiere, 2022).
Official Selection 67th Cork International Film Festival (2022).
Official Selection 29th Slamdance Film Festival (NA Premiere, 2023).
Official Selection 49th Brussels Independent Film Festival - Winner: Best Narrative Feature Film (2023).

An estranged father and son named Herman and Nate spend a perilous day together in the high desert looking for family and stumbling through their heartaches.

Starring Charlie Plummer & Jeb Berrier.

  • Jeff Rutherford
  • Jeff Rutherford
  • Jeff Rutherford
  • Joseph Longo
  • Kyra Bailey
  • Charlie Plummer
    Key Cast
  • Jeb Berrier
    Key Cast
  • Alfonso Herrera Salcedo
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Director Biography - Jeff Rutherford

Jeff is a filmmaker from Kansas. He is now based in Brooklyn, New York. He just received an MFA in Film from NYU. This is his first feature, and he hopes to make more films about family.

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Director Statement

I was lucky to make this film during difficult times. I hadn't seen my friends and the filmmakers I love for over a year because of the pandemic, people all around us were losing family and opportunities, and in the middle of all of it, we came together for a few weeks to make a film about two people who can't quite say what they probably ought to say.

"A winning monochrome miniature.

[A Perfect Day for Caribou] promises significant things from its young writer-director, who shows more formal nous and rigor than many neophyte directors of comparable U.S. indies.

The men of A Perfect Day for Caribou don't much want to be looked at, not least because they've rarely stood back to take a look at themselves: With good sense and grace, and from an often cautious distance, this assured, soulful film sees them just the same."

Guy Lodge, Variety