Sweet Thing

Alexandre Rockwell, USA 2020, 91’
She Dies Tomorrow Tesla

Alexandre Rockwell, a guest of the ninth American Film Festival and winner of an Indie Star Award, is back with a film that he calls a spiritual continuation of his well-known 2013 film Feet. As he did nearly a decade earlier, Rockwell tells the story of determined siblings trying to find their place in a world dominated by irresponsible adults. Growing impatient with the attitude of their drunken father and browbeaten mother, Lana and Nico finally decide to take radical measures. In the mold of the protagonists from Rockwell’s best films, the kids decide to embark on a journey in search of inner freedom. As in classic road movies, the protagonists in Sweet Thing experience by turns both funny and bitter adventures, with unpredictable consequences. Regardless of how their odyssey ends, they are constantly accompanied by the romantic aura of Van Morrison’s eponymous song, in which the singer dreams of [walking] and [talking] in gardens all misty and wet with rain and ... never, never, never [growing] so old again.

Piotr Czerkawski


Berlin IFF 2020 – Crystal Bear for Best Film in Generation Kplus

Alexandre Rockwell

Born in Boston in 1956, Alexandre Rockwell is a director, screenwriter and producer and one of the leading representatives of New York's independent cinema scene. He is the grandson of Russian animator Alexandre Alexeieff, the inventor of the pinscreen technique. His most-acclaimed films include Somebody to Love and In the Soup. He also directed the episode The Wrong Man as part of the film Four Rooms.


1983 Bohater / Hero

1992 Ugotowany /  In the Soup

1994 Pokochać kogoś / Somebody to Love

1994 Cztery pokoje (The Wrong Man) / Four Rooms (The Wrong Man) 

2002 13 Moons

2013 Stópki / Little Feet

2020 Sweet Thing

Cast & Crew

director Alexandre Rockwell
screenplay Alexandre Rockwell
cinematography Lasse Ulvedal Tolbøll
editing Alan Wu
cast Lana Rockwell, Nico Rockwell, Jabari Watkins, Will Patton, Karyn Parsons
producer Kenan Baysal, Louis Anania, Haley Elizabeth Anderson
production Black Horse Productions
sales Urban Distribution International
language English
coloration b&w
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