Sean Baker / US, 2015 / 88 min.
Tangerine was entirely shot on an iPhone 5s. This stylistic tour de force about transgender prostitutes in Los Angeles was a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival. A deep-tan tragicomedy full of energy and heady humour, Tangerine drags you into LA’s red light district of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.
Sean Baker shot his low-budget film in dreamy hues, but he also reveals the dope-ridden hyperreality of his protagonists as they hang out on the sun-bleached and grimiest street corners of Tinseltown. Baker (The Florida Project) shows how they cope with the mundane absurdity of their lives and lets us in on a subculture we rarely get to see in the cinema.
The films featured in Eye’s Previously Unreleased programme were screened at major national and international festivals, but were never released to Dutch cinemas. This year, too, Eye brings a choice of films previously selected for international festivals to Dutch film audiences to redress the balance.