Tiny Furniture

Lena Dunham, USA 2010, 98’

Aura is 23, has a failed relationship under her belt, a useless or impractical degree (film theory) and no idea what to do. After graduating, she goes to live with mom (a passionate photographer) and teenage sister on the path to success, in a beautiful home – a loft in NY’s TriBeCa. Entering adulthood, Aura is trying not to lose faith in herself and maintain perspective while trying to tackle frustration, male egos, family strife and twisted friendships from the past.

Lena Dunham’s close-hearth and nonchalant film is a humorous but bitter story of growing up, a time of frustration, lack of prospects, when every choice is uncertain and self-confidence ebbs. The film may be read as a feminist voice: the plot focuses primarily on women in relations between them. Importantly, Dunham plays Aura, with her mother and sister playing their respective life roles in the film (friends contributed other roles). Still, Dunham is beholden to no dogma, remains ironic, distanced and spares none of the portrayed women. She manages to avoid caricature and sketch multidimensional and unpredictable characters with relationships that, though sometimes difficult, offer tenderness and intimacy.

Karolina Kosińska


SXSW FF 2010 – jury award, Sarasota FF 2010 – independent vision award

Lena Dunham

Born in New York in 1986. In 2008, she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Creative Writing, after which she came back to her hometown to make films. Dunham has directed feature films and Internet series (Tight Shots, Delusional Downtown Divas). In 2009, ‘Filmmaker Magazine’ ranked her among the 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema.

Selected filmography

2006 Dealing (kr. m. / short)

2007 Making Sense (kr. m. / short)

2009 Pillowface (kr. m. / short)

2009 Creative Nonfiction

2010 Mebelki / Tiny Furniture

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director Lena Dunham
screenplay Lena Dunham
cinematography Jody Lee Lipes
editing Lance Edmands
music Teddy Blanks
cast Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, David Call, Alex Karpovsky, Jemima Kirke, Merritt Wever
producer Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering
production Tiny Ponies, LLC
sales Submarine Entertainment
language English
coloration colour
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