Directed by Léa Mysius (France, 2017, 105 min.). Digital. French and Spanish with English subtitles.
Beautifully shot on 35mm film, this sun-drenched drama follows a 13-year-old girl who learns that her eyesight is rapidly deteriorating. As she vacations with her mother and baby sister by the seaside, Ava’s behavior becomes increasingly brazen and wild; she meets a handsome boy who lives among the ruins on the beach, and together they embark on a romance-turned-crime-spree evocative of Terrence Malick’s Badlands (1973). First-time director Léa Mysius uses celluloid film to capture the dazzling contrast of sun and shadow, simulating Ava’s increasing sensitivity to light.
Co-presented with the Boston Women's Film Festival.