Stress Positions

Co-presented by Frameline!

“With her debut film, Hammel has totally and permanently shifted the genric mechanics of the satire.” – Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

The bewilderment of the early days of COVID is given a manic queer twist in Theda Hammel’s propulsive, brilliantly discombobulating comedy set in Brooklyn in the summer of 2020. Feeling the sting from a recent separation from his husband, Terry (John Early) is doing his due, über-masked diligence to watch over his nephew Bahlul (Qaher Harhash), a Moroccan male model who is staying with Terry while nursing a broken leg. Meanwhile, Terry is fearful that his punchy best friend, Karla (Hammel, in a vibrant, take-no-prisoners turn), working through her own relationship chaos, will be a bad influence on Bahlul, who proves to be a lot wiser and less naive than his uncle might think. Hammel’s cinematic approach is thrillingly unpredictable both visually and sonically, alternating between cacophonous volleys of dialogue and meditative journeys into her characters’ subjective states, while the heightened delirium of Hammel and Faheem Ali’s script evokes the hapless rules of engagement in the ever-shifting borders of queer politics.

Closing Night / New Directors New Films

Runtime
1h 35m
Year
2024
Director
Theda Hammel
Format
DCP
First Showing
April 26, 2024
Categories
  • Assisted Listening
  • Closed Caption

Showtimes

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 8:05 PM
Location Little Roxie

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