Sweet Thing

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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:91 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Alexandre Rockwell
Producer:Kenan Baysal
Louis Anania
Haley Elizabeth Anderson
Screenwriter:Alexandre Rockwell
Cinematographer:Lasse Tolbøll
Cast:Lana Rockwell
Nico Rockwell
Jabari Watkins
Will Patton
Karyn Parsons
Print Source:Urban Distribution International
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 6:00pm PT on Thursday, October 8, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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OPENING NIGHT ONLINE: Stunningly rendered as simultaneously nostalgic and timeless, this gorgeous lo-fi black-and-white ode to the magical resilience of childhood from veteran American indie director Alexandre Rockwell (In the Soup, MVFF15) is a beautifully bittersweet meditation on coming-of-age amid paucity, dysfunction, and hope. Scrappy young siblings Nico and Billie are bonded through their dreams and profound love for each other, even as they exist in an unstable world of parental neglect and alcoholism. Exhausted from shouldering the burden of their parents’ misery, these puckish outlaws take up with fellow renegade Malik, similarly abandoned by absent parents, reclaiming a wild and windswept world of discarded spaces, juxtaposed between fairy tale and real life. With intimate cinematography, lovely, lived-in performances, and an abundance of throwback charm, this wondrous film, which won the Crystal Bear at this year’s Berlinale, is a deeply optimistic testament to the poetry of adventure and the imagination of childhood.


Please note: this film contains depictions of domestic abuse and police violence.


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Additional Information

A skilled and celebrated filmmaker, Alexandre Rockwell is perhaps best known for his works In the Soup, Four Rooms, 13 Moons, and Little Feet. His ability to bring to the screen colorful characters that are both intricate and flawed, as well as his use of classical techniques and sheer creativity to tell stories has made him one of the most well-respected figures in independent film. In 2017, Rockwell was appointed the Head of the Directing department at the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts Grad Film Program. He has mentored and taught many of the indie film world’s most promising new voices, passing on his passion and love of filmmaking to a new generation of auteur filmmakers.