Touching on the history of Black women creating space for art and resistance in 1970s Harlem, to gender presentation and fashion, to confronting racism and police violence, filmmaker Sekiya Dorsett captures a story of queer women of color rarely told.
Director Carlo Lavagna’s dreamily fragmented ode to self-discovery is ripe and unrushed; its sensitive camerawork, revelatory. With a convincing performance by newcomer Ondina Quadri in the title role, Arianna is a coming-of-age story that gives no pat resolution, but instead opens up into the beauty of uncertainty.
What Inés really wants is to finally succeed in seducing Lola, the hot straight best friend of Verónica Psyco, the woman Inés left nine years ago… pregnant and on their wedding day! And as usual, Inés has chosen the worst time ever: she arrives in the middle of a party at Lola and Verónica´s shared home.