Erin Vassilopoulos, USA 2021, 99’
Polish premiere
Audience award nominated film. Vote after the screening.
Stop and Go The film awarded in the Spectrum competition

Erin Vassilopoulos' full-length debut tells the story of two twin sisters who, despite their similarities, live completely different lives. Marian (Alessandra Mesa) is an audacious rock star, while Vivian (Ani Mesa, Alessandra's twin) is a stable housewife. When Marian shows up at her sister's house after six years of absence, her mysterious return brings anxiety. However, the twin relationship quickly revives and takes on a rather unexpected dimension. The creepy, Lynchean story is an extension of the director's short project. The film’s 1980s atmosphere and aesthetics are perfectly complemented by Jessica Moss's synth-laden soundtrack. Superior feels like a John Dahl movie given a Twin Peaks vibe on a Hal Hartley budget, with just the odd dash of Old Hollywood thrown in for good measure, like the deliberately Rear Window-aping, flashbulb-popping finale. It might all get too pastiche-y, except that Vassilopoulos is quietly confident in the artificiality of her approach and leans into it, with mordant poker-faced wit and defiant stylishness, writes Jessica Kiang in Variety.

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. 

Magdalena Bartczak


Cleveland IFF 2021 – Special Mention in the New Direction Competition

Erin Vassilopoulos

Erin Vassilopoulos is a director and screenwriter, born in 1983 in Riverside, California. She spent several years living in Madrid, Spain, and Oaxaca City, Mexico, where she studied Spanish philology. In 2016, she graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where she lives to this day. Her short film Superior (2015) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and then showed at the Berlinale, BFI London Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Festival, among others.


2014 Walking and Falling (short)

2015 Superior (short)

2016 Valeria (short)

2019 Evil Grows in the Dark (short)

2021 Superior

Cast & Crew

director Erin Vassilopoulos
screenplay Erin Vassilopoulos, Alessandra Mesa
cinematography Mia Cioffi Henry
editing Jennifer Ruff, Erin Vassilopoulos
music Jessica Moss
cast Alessandra Mesa, Ani Mesa, Pico Alexander, Jake Hoffman, Stanley Simons
producer Ben Cohen, Grant Curatola, Patrick Donovan
production A Benjamin Cohen, Grant Curatola, Patrick Donovan production
sales Visit Films/Monument Releasing
language English
coloration colour
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