Fourteen

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Fourteen

Dan Sallitt
USA, 2019
Features, 94min, OF

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Fourteen

Dan Sallitt
USA, 2019
Features, 94min, OF

Wed
30
Oct
18:30
Urania
Fri
01
Nov
13:00
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
Cast: 
Tallie Medel
Mara
Dylan McCormick
Conor
Norma Kuhling
Jo Mitchel
Lorelei Romani
Lorelei
C. Mason Wells
Adam
Screenplay: 
Dan Sallitt
Sound: 
Sean Dunn
Lian Luan
Camera: 
Christopher Messina
Editor: 
Dan Sallitt
Decoration: 
Grace Sloan

Production: 
Static Productions
World Sales: 
Dan Sallitt
Format: 
DCP
Color

Two long-time friends, Jo and Mara, walk down a New York street. Jo pulls out the money she owes and Mara darts her eyes around anxiously, hoping that nobody is looking; when Mara talks, she doesn’t even notice Jo suddenly darting into a shop for a snack. Simply and economically, these details tell us everything about the central characters of Dan Sallitt’s FOURTEEN. Jo is a “difficult”, impulsive, unpredictable, sometimes unstable friend for Mara – who is the more “solid” of the pair, but also a little cold, withdrawn, resentful of emotional demands. And what’s Jo’s problem, ultimately? Mental illness, childhood trauma, drug dependence, bad relationships? She thinks it all started when she was 14 ... but maybe that was just puberty. The film critiques our reflex tendency to diagnose or ‘type’ people. Only in the complex push-and-pull of interpersonal relations does anything make sense. Commentators love to compare Sallitt’s work with Éric Rohmer, Hong Sang-soo, Philippe Garrel. But by this, his fourth feature, Sallitt has surely won the right to be considered on his own terms. His manner is observational and compassionate, but also asks us to be attentive, to work at understanding. (Adrian Martin)

With CATERINA
In the presence of Dan Sallitt.

Dan Sallitt: POLLY PERVERSE STRIKES AGAIN! (1986), HONEYMOON (1998), ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA (2004), THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT (2012)