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Beach Rats

Beach Rats
Director: Eliza Hittman

USA, 2017, drama, 98 min., in English with Lithuanian subtitles, N-16

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences. Eliza Hittman’s award-winning Sundance hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.

About the director

Eliza Hittman is an award-winning filmmaker, born and based in New York City. Hercritically acclaimed debut feature film IT FELT LIKE LOVE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in NEXT and the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Tiger Competition in 2013. It was a New York Times, The Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times Critics' Pick. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Indie Film. She was nominated for a Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Gotham Award and two Independent Spirit Awards for "It Felt Like Love," Best Cinematography and the John Cassavetes Award. Her second feature, BEACH RATS was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and premiered in US Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where she was given the Directing Award. She is an Assistant Professor of Film/Video at Pratt Institute.

Screenplay: Eliza Hittman

Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge