Cusp

    • Clara Parker Hill, Isabel A Bethencourt
    • United States
    • 2021
    • 84 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Best of Fests

    A small community in rural Texas—a world of big cars, endless plains, guns, American flags, pit bulls, and rough manners. Teenage girls Brittney, Aaloni, and Autumn fill the long, hot days of summer vacation with boredom and chatter, and hang out at parties fueled by drink and drugs.

    The girls, naive but at the same time worldly wise, are on the cusp of adulthood. Their talk is self-assured as they pretend to be older than they are, but they are also vulnerable. Trying to navigate the minefield of boys, sex, and relationships, they talk candidly (and often with painful pragmatism) about sensitive topics like abuse and self-harm.

    During a road trip through the U.S. debuting filmmakers Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt bumped into the three friends at a gas station and succeeded in gaining their trust. With an eye for detail and a pleasing sense of rhythm, they follow the girls through their languid summer, until school starts again and obligations await.

    Credits

    • 84 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English
    Director
    Clara Parker Hill, Isabel A Bethencourt
    Production
    Zachary Luke Kislevitz for Kislevitz Films, Inc., Clara Parker Hill, Isabel A Bethencourt
    Executive producer
    Chris Columbus for Maiden Voyage Pictures, Eleanor Columbus for Maiden Voyage Pictures, Caitlin Gold for The 51 Fund, Naomi McDougall Jones for The 51 Fund, Joe Plummer for Wavelength Productions, Jenifer Westphal for Wavelength Productions
    Cinematography
    Clara Parker Hill, Isabel A Bethencourt
    Editing
    Clara Parker Hill

    IDFA history

    2021
    Dutch Premiere
    Best of Fests

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