Booksmart

V'19

Booksmart

Olivia Wilde
USA, 2019
Features, 102min, OmdU

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Booksmart

Olivia Wilde
USA, 2019
Features, 102min, OmdU

Fri
25
Oct
18:00
Gartenbaukino
Thu
31
Oct
15:30
Gartenbaukino
Tue
05
Nov
06:30
Gartenbaukino
Cast: 
Kaitlyn Dever
Amy
Beanie Feldstein
Molly
Jessica Williams
Miss Fine
Jason Sudeikis
Principal Brown
Will Forte
Doug
Lisa Kudrow
Charmaine
Screenplay: 
Katie Silberman
Emily Halpern
Sarah Haskins
Susanna Fogel
Camera: 
Jason McCormick
Editor: 
Jamie Gross
Brent White
Composer: 
Dan Nakamura
Decoration: 
Katie Byron
Costume: 
April Napier

Production: 
Annapurna Pictures
Gloria Sanchez Productions
World Sales: 
Annapurna Pictures
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is a coming-out and coming-of-age story surprising for its irony and irreverence. How refreshing it is to find two girls as protagonists, talking freely about their sexuality at the very moment when they’re maturing individually and socially.
Molly and Amy are first in class, engaged in political debates or humanitarian missions. They feed their determination and show disdain for those who ignore them. They train themselves with aggressive autogenic meditation, reciprocal declarations of love, and messages passed via a secret code of fidelity. On the last day of school, they learn that their time-wasting peers will also gain access to the same university they’ve entered through so many sacrifices.
The film turns into a night-long journey to regain the experiences unobtainable from books. Both girls will realize that they too have helped feed the very same stereotypes they thought themselves the only victims of. Across a succession of situations and plot twists of smart parody and cinematic sensitivity, the characters show a greater complexity than what we are used to seeing in comedies about growing up. BOOKSMART equally offers an unusual, proactive perspective and never ceases to demonstrate an intelligence that moves way beyond sarcasm. (Eva Sangiorgi)

Olivia Wilde: FREE HUGS (2011, K), EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS: NO LOVE LIKE YOURS (2016, Musik-Clip), RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: DARK NECESSITIES (2016, K)