Patti Cake$ is ready for the Big Apple.
Fresh off its world premiere at Sundance, the Fox Searchlight suburban rapper comedy will open the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films festival, which is set to run March 15-26 in New York City.
The film stars Danielle Macdonald as an aspiring rapper from New Jersey named Patricia "Killa P" Dombrowski and marks the feature helming debut of Geremy Jasper, the music video director who also wrote the screenplay.
Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year's festival will screen 29 features and nine short films. Beach Rats, Eliza Hittman's portrait of a Brooklyn teenager's sexual awakening, is the centerpiece selection, and Dustin Guy Defa's Person to Person, a day-in-the-life snapshot of a group of eccentric New York characters, will close the series.
See the full lineup, below.
Geremy Jasper, USA, 2017, 108 min.
New York Premiere
Make way for the year's breakout star: Newcomer Danielle Macdonald is Patti Cake$, aka Killa P, a burly and brash aspiring rapper with big plans to get out of Jersey. Patti lives with her mother (Bridget Everett), a former singer who drinks away her daughter's wages, and ill grandmother (an epic Cathy Moriarty); meanwhile, Patti is assisted in realizing her dreams by her hip-hop partner and BFF Hareesh (Siddharth Dhananjay) and their mysterious new collaborator Basterd (Mamoudou Athie). This raucous and fresh tale from first-time writer-director Geremy Jasper - a musician and former music video director from Hillsdale, N.J. - follows Patti from gas station rap battles to her shifts at the lonely karaoke bar, while empathetically portraying the aspirations and frustrations of three generations of women. With homegrown swagger and contagious energy, Patti Cake$ announces Jasper and Macdonald as major talents. A Fox Searchlight release.
Eliza Hittman, USA, 2017, 95 min.
New York Premiere
Eliza Hittman follows up her acclaimed debut It Felt Like Love with this sensitive chronicle of sexual becoming. Frankie (a breakout Harris Dickinson), a bored teenager living in South Brooklyn, regularly haunts the Coney Island boardwalk with his boys - trying to score weed, flirting with girls, killing time. But he spends his late nights dipping his toes into the world of online cruising, connecting with older men and exploring the desires he harbors but doesn't yet fully understand. Sensuously lensed on 16mm by cinematographer Hélène Louvart, Beach Rats presents a colorful and textured world roiling with secret appetites and youthful self-discovery. A Neon release.
Person to Person
Dustin Guy Defa, USA, 2017, 84 min.
New York Premiere
This understated yet ambitious sophomore feature by one of American independent cinema's most exciting young voices follows a day in the lives of a motley crew of New Yorkers. A rookie crime reporter (Abbi Jacobson of Broad City) tags along with her eccentric boss (Michael Cera), pursuing the scoop on a suicide that may have been a murder, leading her to cross paths with a stoic clockmaker (Philip Baker Hall); meanwhile, a precocious teen (Tavi Gevinson) explores her sexuality while playing hooky, and an obsessive record collector (Bene Coopersmith) receives a too-good-to-be-true tip on a rare Charlie Parker LP while his depressed friend (George Sample III) seeks redemption after humiliating his cheating girlfriend. With Person to Person (exquisitely shot in 16mm by rising-star lenser Ashley Connor), Defa matches the sophistication of his acclaimed shorts and delights in the freedoms afforded by a bigger canvas.
4 Days in France / Jours de France
Jérôme Reybaud, France, 2017, 141 min.
French with English subtitles,
North American Premiere
An erotic road movie like no other, Jérôme Reybaud's fiction feature debut begins in the dark, as Pierre (Pascal Cervo) uses his smartphone to snap photos of his lover's sleeping body. Then, as if in a trance, he hits the road without any clear destination, drawn this way or that only by the connections he forges with strangers on a hookup app. Soon, his lover will set out in hot pursuit of Pierre across four long days and nights, crossing paths with a succession of curious characters. In the sophisticated angle he takes on the state of modern Eros, Reybaud evokes the work of Stranger by the Lake director Alain Guiraudie, imbuing the proceedings with mystery, humor, and a restrained yet pronounced sensuality.
Mehmet Can Mertoglu, Turkey/France/Romania, 2016, 105 min.
Turkish with English subtitles
New York Premiere
In this shrewd and visually accomplished social satire from Turkish filmmaker Mehmet Can Mertoglu, a taxman named Bahar (Şebnem Bozoklu) and his history teacher wife, Cüneyt (Murat Kiliç), adopt a child, only to find they feel no emotional connection to the kid. Further complicating their own situation, the self-involved couple initiates an elaborate ruse, with the assistance of contemporary social media, to alter the facts about how they came to have a family. Stunningly photographed on 35mm by Marius Panduru (DP of Romanian New Wave cornerstone Police, Adjective), Mertoglu's debut feature uses biting black humor to lampoon present-day Turkish society, capturing in equal measure the absurdity of reality and the reality of the absurd.