Estuaries

Directed by Lior Shamriz2022USA/Mexico101 mins

An expansive portrait of the LA art scene that ranges from hilarious and scathing to emotionally affecting and honest, Estuaries follows a mosaic of colorful, queer characters—all connected through an artist named Bdalak who recently passed during their own performance piece. Set in 2017—though filmed during the pandemic—the film centers on two figures: Bdalak’s partner Eli (played by director Lior Shamriz), a Jewish Iraqi composer who must think of alternative ways to obtain a visa; and Myrna (Chelsea Rector), a peer of Bdalak’s who is planning a retrospective of their work (albeit with questionable motives).

Through a tangled web of rumors, social media, and miscommunications, the diverse cast of characters—played by various figures within LA’s performance realm—juggle questions of artistic legacy, personal grief, exploitation, and fame in unexpected ways. With an evocative score and witty dialogue, Shamriz (Japan Japan, Frameline32) brings this particular and peculiar world to life from the unique perspective of an insider still on the fringes of the scene itself.

Expected Guests

Lior Shamriz
Director
Myriam Ali-Ahmad
Actor
Oscar David Alvarez
Actor
Matt Polzin
Screenwriter
Cary Cronenwett
Producer

Tickets

Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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Director
Lior Shamriz
Year
2022
Country
USA, Mexico
Running Time
101 mins
Language
In English, Hebrew, and Spanish with English subtitles
Premiere
World
Section
Narrative Features, Only in Theatres
Program Note Writer
Joe Bowman
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