STARBOYDirected by Joëlle Bentolila
Cast: Barney Harris, Tallulah Haddon, James Larkin
When a young Hasidic man increasingly doubts his own identity, his gender, and the nature of being, conflict between him and his wife escalates.
London-based writer-director Joëlle Bentolila has a number of short films, documentaries, and optioned or commissioned screenplays under her belt. Recently, the screenplay of her short film Starboy was the 2018 winner of the Pears Film Fund Award. As a screenwriter, she has worked with notable producers in France, the UK, and the US. Her first feature film, The Maze, starring Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Academy Award winner Sally Kellerman, was in competition in Slamdance and won several awards on the festival circuit. She is fascinated by stories about the mystery of the self and believes filmmaking is about truth, outrage, and excitement. Alongside a series of film and TV projects in development, she is an editor and a visual artist.
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