Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
Danielle Lessovitz’s romance features Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) as Paul, a macho but vulnerable young man drawn into New York City’s drag scene by his attraction to the beautiful Wye (Leyna Bloom). Arriving in the city from Pittsburgh via the bus terminal that gives the movie its name, Paul is struck by the sight of Wye and her friends voguing it up on the steps outside. When the two later meet at a drag ball rehearsal, the attraction is cemented - though it will be tested when Paul learns that the object of his affections is trans…
Vividly shot and pleasingly authentic, Port Authority is the type of NYC-set movie one savours for the sociological detail; Lessovitz portrays the "Kiki" subculture of drag performance with verve and creativity, and also opens a window onto the world of homeless young adults in the city. First-time actress Bloom, herself a trans woman, has a proud, feline beauty to her, and Whitehead exudes a tender naïveté in his role.
"A heartfelt and sensual trans love story… made with storytelling gusto." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian