“As a document of its moment in time, place and political conjuncture, So Pretty is already of inestimable value, but the film is also marked by assured, sensitive direction and a visual flair that at times matches the intensity of its literary inspiration.”
— Senses of Cinema
DATE: Saturday 14 March 2020
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Director Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
Run Time 83min
Cast Edem Dela-Seshie, Rachika Samarth, Thomas Love & Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
Awards & Screenings Berlin International Film Festival 2019, LesGaiCineMad, Toronto Queer Film Festival
Source 100 Year Films / Aspect Ratio
Four young queers in New York City struggle to maintain their proto-utopian community against the outside world as their lives curiously merge with the 1980's German novel so schön by Ronald M. Schernikau. An investigation of leftist politics and femme identity in the context of an increasingly right wing world, So Pretty moves freely between fictional depictions and semi-documentary, adaptation and translation, looking towards the artistic and personal worlds its characters generate across time and culture as a space for new tensions and potentials.
Screening with short film Here With You
Director Nona Schamus
Run Time 7min
Cast Morgan Sullivan, Zenobia Teague
When Imani goes to her friend's housewarming party, she meets a boy who piques her interest. She invites him over to hang out while she gets ready for another party, only to realise that they have more in common than she thought.
This film was produced with an entirely trans cast and crew, and offers a look at a healthy trans romantic relationship.