So Pretty | Denver Film Society | Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli | USA

So Pretty

Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli

Drama, LGBTQ, Social Issues

EnglishUSA201983 min


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For her second feature film, which blurs the line between narrative fiction and documentary, director Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli adapted German author Ronald M. Schernikau’s novel So schön to create a much-needed dialogue about gender, identity, and diversity.

Four queer and trans youth share a Brooklyn apartment where they attempt to create a utopian space in which to experience the joys of daily life, sex, and cooperation in the ongoing struggle as society’s “other.” Reality sets in when they participate in a political protest.

By having her nonprofessional actors read excerpts from the novel, Rovinelli draws parallels between 1980s Berlin and present-day New York, presenting a commonality between two youth cultures separated by time and place. Combining 16mm film and cellphone footage with an original soundtrack, Rovinelli has said she aimed to trace the contours of a world she imagines but may never see—one of acceptance.

Sponsored by William LaBahn, Out Front, Ratio Beerworks, Mike’s Camera, Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media

Producer: Anne Coburn, Bill Kirstein, Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli | Editor: Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli | Cinematographer: Bill Kirstein | Screenwriter: Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli, Ronald M. Schernikau
Cast: Edem Dela-Seshie, Thomas Love, Rachika Samarth, Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
Additional Countries: France