Program 2018


Sean Baker, USA 2015, 88’

It's Christmas Eve and Sin-Dee Rella is finally coming home after 20 years in the slammer. But her best friend Alexandra soon breaks the news that Sin-Dee's boyfriend-pimp Chester has been cheating. Furious and hungry for vengeance Sin-Dee and Alexandra, both transgender prostitutes, tear across town in a search for the cheater and his cisgender love dove, Dinah. An innocent Armenian taxi driver and his crazy mother-in-law (who hopes to finally expose her allegedly dishonest son-in-law) get mixed up in this wild jealousy-fueled tale.Sean Baker's plot surprisingly blends a Christmas story and road movie, which begin with a donut shop conversation. Baker constantly shifts conventions and shows LA's succulently seedy underbelly ruled by tongue-in-cheek stars. The film was shot using three iPhones 5s. IndieWire's Eric Kohn writes, Baker once again manages to match underrepresented faces in American cinema with material that lets their personalities shine.


Karlovy Vary IFF 2015 – Independent Camera

Sean Baker

He is a film and television director and screenwriter. He holds a B.A. in Film from New York University. Baker debuted in 2000 with Four Letter Words. His third feature-length film Prince of Broadway garnered the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at Locarno IFF (2008). Tangerine, Baker's latest feature premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and received the Independent Camera award at Karlovy Vary IFF.

Selected filmography

2000 Four Letter Words

2004 Take Out (co-dir. Shih-Ching Tsou)

2008 Prince of Broadway

2012 Gwiazdeczka / Starlet

2015 Mandarynka / Tangerine

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Cast & Crew

director Sean Baker
screenplay Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
cinematography Sean Baker, Radium Cheung
editing Sean Baker
cast Kiki Kitana Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, Alla Tumanian
producer Sean Baker, Karrie Cox, Marcus Cox, Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou
production A Duplass Brothers Prods., Through Films
Polish distributor Tongariro
language English
colouration colour
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