Writer-director-star Akhavan helms this deadpan comedy about a bisexual Iranian-American woman adrift after a break-up. Finding new digs in Bushwick and a daycare job at a kindergarten film school, 20-something Shirin oscillates from conservative family gatherings (where she remains closeted) to hip Brooklyn parties and cold sexual encounters—punctuated with flashbacks to simpler times with her ex. Drawing comparisons to Annie Hall and Girls, this debut feature introduces a sharp new voice in independent cinema.
Directed by Janicza Bravo
2014, 13min, World premiere
An eccentric woman (Gaby Hoffmann) tries to connect with people she’s never met.
with Desiree Akhavan
This screening will feature a Q&A with director Desiree Akhavan.