Tyrel | Denver Film Society | Sebastián Silva | USA

Tyrel

Sebastián Silva

African/Af. Amer, American Indie, Dark Comedy

EnglishUSA201886 min

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Overview

Everyone has had the disconcerting experience of meeting friends of friends they don’t mesh with, but for Tyler, who’s black, the stakes are especially high. When his girlfriend’s family invades his home for a few days, a buddy takes pity on him, inviting him on a trip to the Catskills with a group of guys he’s never met to escape his beleaguerment.

Upon meeting the raucous longtime friends, Tyler (Jason Mitchell of Straight Outta Compton and Mudbound) is immediately struck by their forceful friendliness—and the fact that he’s the only black man in a crowd of white faces. As the weekend dedicated to games, stunts, and trash-talking (all fueled by plenty of alcohol) wears on, he finds himself navigating possibly purposeful slights, from being called by the wrong name to getting subtly excluded from the most innocuous-seeming of activities. And his discomfort is bound to boil over in writer/director Sebastián Silva’s progressively oppressive, unsettling drama—which has earned inevitable comparisons to Get Out, though it has as much to say about universal social anxiety as it does about American race relations.

Producer: Gigi Graff, Jacob Wasserman, Carlos Zozaya | Editor: Jennifer Lame, Sofía Subercaseaux | Cinematographer: Alexis Zabe | Screenwriter: Sebastián Silva
Cast: Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott, Michael Cera, Caleb Landry Jones, Ann Dowd