FILMS FROM THE UK, IRELAND, AUSTRALIA, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA AND NEW ZEALAND
February 15-22, 2024
How to Have Sex
Includes Opening Night Party at 5:30 pm at Presido Kebob, 3277 Sacramento Street
Far from an instructional video, How to Have Sex is a dazzling deeply-imagined coming-of-age feature from British director Molly Manning Walker. Her remarkably self-assured debut– winner of the Un Certain Regard jury prize at Cannes– magically transports the audience back to their teens, a time marked by confusing sexual feelings. The film follows three girlfriends who, straight from their high school exams, arrive at the party town of Malia in Crete with fantasies of having the best time of their young lives Vividly portrayed are the closeness the girls feel toward one another and the tension each feels sparked by a perhaps not-so-innocent flirtation. The director wisely chooses to keep her camera on the shy still virginal Tara, played by an incandescent actress named Mia McKenna-Bruce, surely to be heard from again. Drunken aimless nights in Malia take on a carnival atmosphere like something out of a Fellini film. Manning Walker has the instincts of more experienced directors to make us worry about her characters especially Tara, who is most at risk. Captured with luminous visuals, How to Have Sex paints a painfully familiar portrait of how first sexual experiences can go awry, probing what constitutes consent between strangers on the cusp of adulthood.
Nominated for 13 British Independent Film Awards.
Molly Manning Walker will discuss her film on Zoom.
Nominated for four BAFTAS.
UK 2023 (98 minutes)
Thursday February 15, 2024 - 7:30 pm