Sun 14 July | 14:30 | Pálás Screen 3

2023 | UK, France, Greece | 93’

English, Greek

With memories still fresh from a war that forced her to leave Liberia, Jacqueline (portrayed by the Oscar-nominated Cynthia Erivo) finds refuge alone and penniless on a Greek island, where she tries first to survive and then to cope with her past. The need for quick money drives her to offer massage services to wealthy tourists. However, her encounter with Callie (Alia Shawkat), a rootless American tour-guide, will awaken their shared desire for resilience and meaningful human connection.

In his English-language debut, Cannes Golden Camera winner Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo) intricately melds two foundational thematic elements from his filmography – the concepts of identity and companionship. 

Post-show discussion will follow

Presented in collaboration with the East Asia Film Festival Ireland (EAFFI).

Director: Anthony Chen
Producers: Peter Spears, Emilie Georges, Naima Abed, Anthony Chen, Cynthia Erivo, Solome Williams
Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Alia Shawkat, Ibrahima Ba, Honor Swinton Byrne, Zainab Jah, Suzy Bemba, Vincent Vermignon

Principal funder