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Aaron Katz's 'Gemini' brings moody L.A. cool to South by Southwest

Aaron Katz's 'Gemini' brings moody L.A. cool to South by Southwest

“Gemini” opens with the instantly unforgettable image of an upside-down palm tree. Something like a distress signal for the laid-back cool of Los Angeles, the film is a glassy sleek, lightly sleazy murder mystery set in contemporary Los Angeles.

Written and directed by Aaron Katz, the movie had its world premiere on Sunday night as part of the South by Southwest Film Festival. If star-driven studio movies such as “Baby Driver,” “Atomic Blonde” and “The Disaster Artist” tended to pull the attention of media and audiences at SXSW, “Gemini” looks to be this year’s much-talked-about, indie-scaled breakout hit. It capably splits the difference between being an enigmatic art-house...

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