The Sweet East

Absurdist and energetic road movie about a high school girl who separates from her class during a school trip and subsequently encounters the frayed edges of contemporary America.

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High school student Lillian – played by Talia Ryder, best known for her role in NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS – is a passive high school student who is bored during her school trip to Washington D.C. When she becomes separated from her group, she goes off on her own and starts a road trip through the cities and forests of the east coast. Separated from her classmates, she tumbles through America like some sort of Alice in Wonderland. She meets a broad variety of strange people: neo-Nazis, Qanon supporters and hipster filmmakers.

THE SWEET EAST is the directorial debut of Sean Price Williams, known as cinematographer of GOOD TIME, among other projects. The filmmaker creates a world full of cinematic references and sharp satire, highlighting the absurdities of contemporary America. In addition to Talia Ryder – who also sang the opening number – the cast includes a host of talented actors and a particularly eclectic soundtrack. The film had its world premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and went on to win numerous awards at various international festivals.

Sean Price Williams, USA, 2023, 104 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Talia Ryder, Earl Cave, Simon Rex, Ayo Edebiri, Jeremy O. Harris, Jacob Elordi.