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Special Events ArchiveIndependent Film Festival Boston 2017

Lemon

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New England Premiere

Genre: Narrative
Runtime: 85 minutes
Director: Janicza Bravo

Screening Supported by: Boston Underground Film Festival

Isaac Lachmann has seen better days. His acting career is tanking, while his colleagues succeed; his blind girlfriend of 10 years plans to leave him; and his own family singles him out as a constant disappointment at their latest reunion. Even as he takes a chance on new romance, Isaac struggles to define his place in a world that has seemingly turned against him. Director Janicza Bravo (Gregory Go Boom, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Award winner) returns to the Festival with her description-defying debut feature that promises to delight and unsettle audiences in equal measure with its unique brand of discomforting humor. Bravo unflinchingly strips down her stellar lead and co-writer, Brett Gelman, to appalling levels of vulnerability, emphasized by idiosyncratic supporting turns from Michael Cera, Judy Greer, Nia Long, Martin Starr, and Gillian Jacobs. Bursting with meticulous unease and loving contempt, Bravo questions what it means to truly unravel.

“The acclaimed short film director’s first feature is an unsettling cringe-comedy with a jarring vision that’s both difficult to watch and impossible to shake.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“A comedy of embarrassment, discomfort and anxiety that just keeps getting funnier as it goes along, Lemon is a one-of-a-kind treat that, by ending almost too soon, follows the old showbiz principle of leaving ’em wanting more.” – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“An instant classic that specifically feels like a product of 2017, the kind of bizarre culture treatise that could only come from fresh talent.” – Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com