Dasha Nekrasova's film has many layers worth interpreting in numerous ways. The Scary of Sixty-First can be read as the story of two unsuspecting friends moving into an Upper East Side apartment. Something is wrong from the beginning, but it's hard to tell immediately what's going on. Subsequent situations and items found in the corners indicate that something terrible happened here recently. For anyone who followed news reports about Jeffrey Epstein a few years ago, this story will also have a terrifying resonance. The director very deliberately touches on this, pointing to her direct inspiration - the circumstances of the death of this famous/infamous financier and convicted sex offender. There is psychological horror and drama in this film, a handful of conspiracy theories, a bit of gore and classic slasher, and various types of cults - all served in a strong, thick, cinephile sauce. This one is for lovers of modern uncensored giallo and spaghetti slashers.
Audience award nominated film. Please pick up a voting card on entering the screening and tear in a place marking your opinion and throw it into an assigned box after the screening (cards and boxes will be available at the theaters). The filmmakers have a chance of winning $10,000.
Berlin IFF 2021 – Best First Feature Award
Dasha Nekrasova was born in 1991 in Minsk, Belarus, and is an American-Belarusian actress, screenwriter, director, and podcaster. Her acrobatic parents settled in Las Vegas when Dasha was 4 years old. She has starred in the series Mr. Robot, The Serpent and will also appear in the third season of the well-known Succession. The Scary of Sixty-First is Dasha’s directorial debut, which was nominated for three awards at this year's Berlinale, eventually winning Best Debut.
2021 The Scary of Sixty-First