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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Eliza Hittman, UK, USA 2020, 101’
Last Words She Dies Tomorrow

The hit of this year's Berlinale,  Never Rarely Sometimes Always won the festival's Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. Though the film is raw, it grips viewers in rapt tension with its story of several days in the life of a teenager from the Pennsylvania countryside. When Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) learns she is pregnant, in a moment of crisis, she must navigate a maze of soulless procedures and face the acute lack of empathy from the patriarchal environment. Over time, it turns out the unplanned pregnancy is only one of Autumn's many problems, with a dark past lurking behind her. Although  Never Rarely Sometimes Always remains a bitter movie filled with the punk ethos of rebelling against reality, it does not for a moment slip into nihilism. An important theme is Autumn's relationship with a forgiving and eternally supportive cousin that flowers into a cinematic indictment of social hypocrisy, but also a subtle tale of the power of women's friendships.

Piotr Czerkawski

awards

Berlin IFF 2020 – Grand Prix Jury; Sundance FF 2020 - U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award; Heartland Film 2020 - Truly Moving Picture Award; San Sebastián IFF 2020 - TVE Otra Mirada Award

Eliza Hittman

Eliza Hittman (b. 1979) is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer from New York City. She graduated from Indiana University in with a BA in theater and drama, and in 2010 received her MFA from the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts. Her feature-length debut It Felt Like Love (2013) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, while for her sophomore film, Beach Rats, in 2017 Hittman won the Directing Award: Dramatic, also at Sundance.

Selected filmography

2008 A Lumiere (short)

2009 Trickster (short)

2010 Second Cousins Once Removed (short)

2011 Forever's Gonna Start Tonight (short)

2013 It Felt Like Love

2017 Beach Rats

2020 Nigdy, rzadko, czasami, zawsze / Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Cast & Crew

director Eliza Hittman
screenplay Eliza Hittman
cinematography Hélène Louvart
editing Scott Cummings
music Julia Holter
cast Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold, Sharon Van Etten
producer Rose Garnett, Tim Headington, Barry Jenkins, Sara Murphy, Alex Orlovsky, Elika Portnoy, Adele Romanski
production BBC Films, Cinereach, Mutressa Movies, PASTEL, Rooftop Films, Tango Entertainment
sales UIP
language English
coloration colour
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