Directed by Jiyoung Lee
Official Selection, 2015 Slamdance Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Vienna International Film Festival
Jiyoung Lee is a national treasure. Her wonderful debut Moral Sleaze (SDAFF ’13) took on male arrogance through a singular style of continuous awkward miscommunication. Now comes FEMALE PERVERT, a more emotionally ambitious and equally funny film about the growing disconnect between female sexuality and man’s delusional interpretation of it.
In an understated turn, Jennifer Kim plays the eponymous character Phoebe, a graphic designer and amateur video game developer hoping to find a partner with similar hidden desires. She tries and fails to form connections with various men in what becomes a series of hilariously uncomfortable exchanges. There’s a deep melancholy residing under all the absurdity living alongside the repressed lust.
Lee cherishes people’s weirdest tendencies by refusing to turn them into salacious plot points. After just two feature films, the Atlanta-based director has become one of the most distinct voices in Asian American cinema primarily due to her frank treatment of sexuality and gender dynamics. Who else would open a film with one character asking another to play a theremin with their penis? She is truly a “vulgar” auteur in the best possible sense. –Glenn Heath
Jeff Mizushima / Asian American Panorama / USA / 2015 / comedy / 13 minsThe only thing Anthony is confident about is his permanent membership in the friend zone.
Precedes: FEMALE PERVERT