Screened as part of NZIFF 2021

The Scary of Sixty-First 2021

Directed by Dasha Nekrasova

An infamous creepy tabloid story becomes a gleefully deranged examination of our conspiracy-ridden time in cult-favourite dirtbag podcaster Dasha Nekrasova’s debut feature.

USA In English
81 minutes DCP



Betsey Brown
Madeline Quinn
Dasha Nekrasova
Mark Rapaportt


Dasha Nekrasova
Madeline Quinn


Hunter Zimny


Sophie Corra


Eli Keszler


Vancouver 2021


Best First Feature
Berlin International Film Festival 2021


The 2021 Berlinale Best First Feature comes from actor and dirtbag politico-podcaster Dasha Nekrasova (Red Scare) who has dipped her pitch-black intellect and provocation into a sticky mess of shot-on-16mm paranormal psychosexual cinema.

When two 20-something women find a miraculously affordable high-end apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the good news quickly turns sour when the previous owner is discovered to be none other than paedo-mogul Jeffrey Epstein. After moving in, the flatmates descend down separate rabbit holes: for Noelle, it’s escalating Epstein conspiracy theories with a new girlfriend; for Addie, it’s something even more disturbing, as a malevolent presence begins to invade their safe space.

Nekrasova’s film takes no prisoners nor does it apologise for its borderline unlawful sense of bad taste – it’s too busy creating an atmospheric and conflicted love letter to the works of DePalma and Polanski, while clutching a broken giallo mirror reflecting the lack of consequence for the systematic abuse by powerful evil men and unchecked capitalism. — AT