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Port Authority

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


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Country of Origin: USA/France
Year: 2019
Running Time: 97 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English
Related Links: Trailer | Review
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Leyna Bloom, McCaul Lombardi, Louisa Krause, Will Dufault, Stephen Cavalieri
Executive Producer: Sophie Mas, Lourenço Sant' Anna, Jean-Luc De Fanti, Efe Cakarel, Bobby Allen, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Lawrence "Snookie" Taylor, Rodrigo Gutierrez, Frédéric de Goldschmidt
Producer: Rodrigo Teixeira, Virginie Lacombe, Zachary Luke Kislevitz, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas
Screenwriter: Danielle Lessovitz
Cinematographer: Jomo Fray
Editor: Clémence Samson, Matthew C. Hart
Production Design: Emmeline Wilks-Dupoise
Music: Matthew Herbert
Production Company: RT Features, Madeleine Films
Print Source: Madeleine Films

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