Beach Rats

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USA | 2017 | 95 minutes | Eliza Hittman

Eliza Hittman's intimately raw exploration of male sexual awakening centers on a teenaged delinquent on the ungentrified fringe of Brooklyn who swings between his macho drug-addled bros, a potential new girlfriend, and the anonymous older men he meets online.

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Frankie is currently in a strange stage of his life where everything around him seems to be teetering on the edge, threatening to shatter and change forever. He spends his days hanging out with his jock friends, with whom he's not sure he has much in common anymore, working out, smoking pot, and impetuously hitting on girls he's not even interested in. At home his mother roams the house like a ghost while his father lies bedridden as his cancer consumes him. It seems that the only place Frankie can be himself and shed these troubles is in Internet chatrooms, talking to other guys like him—other gay men. Frankie's sexual coming of age is juxtaposed against the carefree and childish Coney Island boardwalk, where he hangs out with his brutish friends and ponders what may be the biggest turning point in his young adult life, and the one with the most at stake. Director Eliza Hittman showed off her skill as an unflinchingly honest storyteller in her first feature, It Felt Like Love (2013), and now comes through once again with a brooding, hypnotic study of masculinity and the journey toward adulthood.

Director Biography

Eliza Hittman gained popularity with her 2013 feature drama, It Felt Like Love. Her previous experience included directing multiple short films. Beach Rats is her second feature film.

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  • Director: Eliza Hittman
  • Principal Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Drew Houpt, Brad Becker-Parton, Paul Mezey, Andrew Goldman
  • Screenplay: Eliza Hittman
  • Cinematographers: Hélène Louvart
  • Editors: Scott Cummings, Joe Murphy
  • Awards: Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic (Sundance 2017)
  • Filmography: It Felt Like Love (2013)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: NEON
  • International Sales: UTA