By Jessie Jeffrey Dunn ROVINELLI

ASPECT RATIO - as SALES All rights

Social issues - Completed 2018

Four queer and trans youth in New York City struggle to maintain their proto-utopian community against the outside world as their lives curiously merge with the 1980s German novel So Schön by Ronald M. Schernikau.

& Awards

Berlinale - EFM 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Social issues, First film, LGBT
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 73 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jessie Jeffrey Dunn ROVINELLI
    • Producer(s)
    • Bill KIRSTEIN (100 Year Films), Anne COBURN, Judith LOU-LEVY
    • Synopsis
    • Inspired by Ronald M. Schernikau’s German novel “so schön”, So Pretty marks the feature debut of trans filmmaker Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli. It frankly depicts the lives of four queer youths in Trump-era New York City, struggling to maintain their proto-utopian community against the outside world. Shot in Brooklyn clubs and apartments by music video director Bill Kirstein (Beyonce’s Life is But a Dream) and featuring a diverse cast of trans and queer relationships, the film recalls the vivid, atmospheric imagery of photographer Larry Clark’s earlier work documenting NYC youth.

      A German visual artist, Tonia, comes to New York City in 2017, where she meets her American boyfriend, the academic Franz, and works on an new exhibition. Tonia and Franz talk politics, art, and love, go dancing, drink coffee, have sex, protest, and organize alongside their friends, the couple Paul and Erika, a transwoman and musician. When Paul becomes injured by the police following a political action, their social space is momentarily shattered.

      An investigation of leftist politics and femme identity in the context of an increasingly right wing world, So Pretty moves freely between fictional depictions and semi-documentary, adaptation and translation, looking towards the artistic and personal worlds its characters generate across time and culture as a space for new tensions and potentials.