The Pretty Ones

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Argentina | 2016 | 77 minutes | Melisa Liebenthal

24-year-old filmmaker Melisa Liebenthal gathers her friends to reflect on modern societal pressures concerning beauty, friendship, and their uncomfortable relationships with their appearance and sexuality—especially in the age of selfies and social media.

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An arrestingly personal documentary, The Pretty Ones, filmed and narrated by 24-year-old Melisa Liebenthal, chronicles her and her close friends' journey from self-assured children to insecure and angsty teenagers to where they are now. Opening with a scene of a girl slowly and meticulously applying bright-red lipstick and eyeliner in a mirror, Melisa's documentary presents itself as a sort of video diary, interviewing her friends during social gatherings as well as in their childhood bedrooms. Incorporating old photo albums and (rather embarrassing) videos they took of their younger selves, Melisa and several other women reflect on their uncomfortable relationships with their appearance, their sexuality, and how they feel being looked at—especially as female 20-somethings in this age of selfies and social media. Melisa, keeping mostly behind the camera, also confesses her own self-doubts, her surrender to the patriarchal gaze, and what it means to deviate from the beauty norm. The Pretty Ones is a fresh, candid, and eye-opening look at female friendship and modern societal pressures concerning beauty, dating, and self-presentation, ever-changing and constantly in flux.

Director Biography
Melisa Liebenthal was born in 1991 in Buenos Aires. She studied Film Direction at the Universidad del Cine of Buenos Aires, where she is at present preparing her graduation thesis. The Pretty Ones is her first full-length film.

Sponsored by KIRO Radio, Tulalip Tribes

  • Original Language Title: Las Lindas
  • Director: Melisa Liebenthal
  • Principal Cast: Melisa Liebenthal, Josefina Roveta, Victoria D'Amuri, Camila Magliano, Michelle Sterzorvsky, Sofía Mele
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Argentina
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 77 minutes
  • Producer: Eugenia Campos Guevara
  • Screenplay: Melisa Liebenthal
  • Cinematographers: Melisa Liebenthal
  • Editors: Sofía Mele, Melisa Liebenthal
  • Music: Ángeles Otero
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016 (1st Future Wave Award), BAFICI 2016 (Best Director)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP