A side, mid length shot of Mya Taylor (as Alexandra) and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (as Sin-Dee) crossing an empty street. The colour palette of the shot is warm. Taylor is wearing a red top and sunglasses and has dark brown hair, and Rodriguez is wearing a leopard-spotted pattern top and has blonde hair.
A side, mid length shot of Mya Taylor (as Alexandra) and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (as Sin-Dee) crossing an empty street. The colour palette of the shot is warm. Taylor is wearing a red top and sunglasses and has dark brown hair, and Rodriguez is wearing a leopard-spotted pattern top and has blonde hair.
Tangerine (2015) Duplass Brothers Productions

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Tangerine

Sean Baker | USA | | MA15+
Film

Filmmaker Sean Baker continues his track record of telling heartfelt, hilarious and heartbreaking stories within diverse lower socio-economic communities.

Sean Baker’s buddy comedy represents a major leap for transgender people on film. And yes, it was also shot entirely on a mobile phone.

The Guardian

Perhaps an unconventional addition to the Christmas movie canon, Tangerine follows trans sex workers Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) as they try to hunt down the former’s boyfriend and pimp Chester (James Ransone) who she discovers has cheated on her. In the traditional of great ‘in one night’ films, the events of the story unfold over a single evening as Sin-Dee Rella and Alexandra navigate their way through the various sub-cultures of Los Angeles, interweaving and overlapping with characters from other parts of their lives.

Writer/director Sean Baker – along with his frequent collaborator Chris Bergoch – has spent his career so far telling stories within diverse and specific lower socio-economic communities with Prince of Broadway (2008), The Florida Project (2017) and Red Rocket (2021); Tangerine continues that legacy. Shot entirely on three iPhone 5Ss, it’s as much a technical and artistic achievement as it is a social one, with Rodriguez and Taylor’s empathetic performances becoming the first Oscar campaigns for trans actresses, albeit unsuccessfully. Funny, heartbreaking and fulfilling, Tangerine is an unobtrusive glimpse into a real world and the real lives of the people who inhabit it.

– Maria Lewis, Assistant Film Curator

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Rialto Distribution
Courtesy: Rialto Distribution
Duration: 88 mins

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Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Contains strong coarse language, sex scenes, nudity and drug use

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