Translations 2020 – Closing Night: So Pretty [Online]

This event took place on May 10, 2020

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
US & France
1h 23m


** Co-presented with Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Gay City and Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Translations: Transgender Film Festival‘s closing night on is the first night of a weeklong run of So Pretty **

Tonia, a German transgender visual artist, comes to New York City, where she meets Franz, an American academic working on a new exhibition on German author Ronald M. Schernikau. They talk politics, art, and love, go dancing, fuck, protest, and organize alongside their friends, Paul, Erika (a transwoman and musician), and Helmut (a transmasculine political radical). When Paul is injured in a political action, their social space is momentarily shattered.

Meanwhile, viewers will come to realize that their lives—and thus the film—are morphing into a version of Schernikau’s novella so schön, a communist-themed depiction of four lovers in 1980s Berlin, which is read aloud by the characters in voice-over and at the art installation. The film is also overlaid with music by Rachika S, who also plays Erika, and a host of female electronic musicians.

An investigation of leftist politics and identity in the context of an increasingly right-wing world, So Pretty moves freely between fiction and semidocumentary, adaptation and translation, the artistic and personal worlds its characters generate across time and culture serving as a space for new tensions and potentials.

It will all work out, little mouse. It will be something totally different than we can imagine.” – Ronald M. Schernikau, so schön

Content Warning: Nudity, explicit sexual situations, and drug use

* This film is subtitled in English.



Inventing the queer gaze in front of our eyes.” — IndieWire

Tender and dreamlike images … in which [Rovinelli] goes exploring and asks us with great warmth to follow her.” — Manuel Schubert, TAZ

Visually sumptuous […] so eloquent about New York life, yet there’s not much else out there like it.” — Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Artforum

Plays with:


(Lorin Murphy, US, 2018, 4 min)

A music video by the band The Homobile that takes on street harassment, starring Breedlove from former San Francisco band Tribe 8.

* This film is captioned in English.

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