By Elisabeth SUBRIN


First film - Completed 2016

& Awards

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016
Tiger Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • First film, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Elisabeth SUBRIN
    • Writer(s)
    • Elisabeth SUBRIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Scott MACAULAY, Shrihari SATHE
    • Synopsis
    • A successful television actress on a hit network show, Anna Baskin, 42, is at a crossroads. Single, burnt out, and recovering from a rare autoimmune disease, she depends on Ritalin and her assistant to get her through her days. Not just her lifestyle but also her internal life has become gentrified, like the urban spaces she inhabits. Following a particularly egregious situation on the set, Anna tells her manager, Leslie, that she doesn’t want to act anymore. Leslie urges her not to quit the show, saying it will destroy her career.

      Instead of following Leslie’s advice, Anna flies to New York and collapses in her old rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. She crashes a birthday party for her holistic, sober and queer friend Kate Wilson — her former collaborator in a ‘90s New York performance group who’s now barely hanging on to her loft in gentrifying Brooklyn. Kate is startled by Anna’s presence; clearly there are issues between them to be resolved. Meanwhile Isaac, Anna's other former collaborator and perhaps past love, welcomes her back even as he frets about his stagnant playwriting career and the state of his marriage. The successful Anna’s assertion that she wants to quit acting is met with incomprehension by both of them.

      One night Anna discovers a draft of Isaac’s latest play, a story of three artist friends in the ‘90s New York scene. Its protagonist is uncomfortably close to Anna and contains devastating private details about her life. She confronts Isaac, and after denying that the character is based on her, he admits, “You inspire me.” Later, he asks a betrayed Anna to play the part at a fundraising reading. “I’m sorry, I don’t want to play a part, to act anymore,” Anna replies.

      Anna finally decides to accept the part in the play but finds herself challenged by romantic tensions with Isaac and Kate’s anger over her behavior years ago. Ultimately, she must engage with them both to achieve the emotional release she needs to make her final, unexpected decisions.
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