Though running only just over a hour, and technically a graduation pic, Iain Dilthey’s sad black comedy “I’ll Wait on You Hand and Foot” was among the most original entrants in Locarno’s competition this year, heralding a potential talent. Grungy tale of a Viennese teen who takes radical steps to create a family has built-in fest mileage, with exposure on specialized Euro channels also indicated.
Orphan Ramona (Eva Loebau) is a horny, lonesome, plain 17-year-old who beds Toni (Dirk Waanders), an older man she picks up at a fairground. He blithely promises to marry her when she comes of age — and nine months later she turns up at his home in Germany with a baby in her arms. Pic’s mordant humor kicks in as Ramona ignores the hostility from Toni and his dad (Manfred Kranich) and doggedly tries to build a happy home. But then Toni takes a shine to Lana (Sigrid Skoetz), a Russian helping to farm his cabbage plot. Scottish-born, German resident Dilthey, 30, shows a gift for atmosphere and pared-back character that’s impressive, and is well served by all four leads. Blowup from 16mm is fine.