Director: Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
USA / 2019 / 83 min
Live Screening introduced by the director and actor Edem Edem Dela-Seshie.
A visiting German artist, an American academic, a millennial polyamorous enclave in New York City—So Pretty is an excursion into actually existing utopia, a document (if not quite a documentary) of a loving, precarious community. Director/actress Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli’s sophomore feature, loosely based on an eponymous novel by German author Ronald M. Schernikau, transposes the story from West Berlin to the metropolitan U.S. to observe a tight-knit group of trans and genderqueer artists, writers, and activists living interwoven lives in a Brooklyn apartment, and in the electrified city streets. With its glorious 16mm lensing, Chantal Akerman and Straub-Huillet influences, and a pounding electro score, So Pretty reminds us that liberation is the only way to go.