Screened as part of NZIFF 2021

The Scary of Sixty-First 2021

Directed by Dasha Nekrasova Incredibly Strange

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.

Nov 09

Embassy Deluxe

Nov 11

The Roxy Cinema

Nov 14
Sold Out

Embassy Deluxe

Nov 17
Sold Out

Embassy Deluxe

USA In English
81 minutes DCP

Director

Cast

Betsey Brown
,
Madeline Quinn
,
Dasha Nekrasova
,
Mark Rapaportt

Screenplay

Dasha Nekrasova
,
Madeline Quinn

Cinematography

Hunter Zimny

Editor

Sophie Corra

Music

Eli Keszler

Festivals

Berlin
,
Vancouver 2021

Awards

Best First Feature
,
Berlin International Film Festival 2021

Elsewhere

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