Director: SEAN BAKER

87 minutes, U.S.A., 2015, Digital

This film was released on Friday 13th November 2015 and is no longer screening. 

It’s Christmas Eve; transgender prostitute Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block after six weeks in jail. She learns from her best friend Alexandra (Mya Taylor) that Chester (James Ransone), the pimp she’s in love with, has been less than faithful in her absence, a betrayal established at the film’s outset in a riveting exchange that comes to typify the film’s firecracker energy and naturalistic performances. Taking place over one eventful day, Tangerine charts Sin-Dee’s odyssey through the sun-bleached LA streets, hell-bent on bringing the errant Chester to task for his misdeeds.

Shot entirely on an iPhone, Baker’s film sparkles with manic energy as it races towards a screwball comedy finale, but his affection for his characters is palpable, and as with the best comedies, the humour is layered with pathos. (Notes by David O’Mahony)

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