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Run Time: 96 minutes
Seventeen-year-old Sweetness O'Hara struts down her neighborhood street with a forty in her hand and a justified chip on her shoulder. At home she faces an inescapable cycle of abuse and neglect, both verbal and physical. At school she juggles peer pressure, alienation, and the fact that at any given moment she may get jumped from behind. Initially an introspective, quiet teen blending into the crowded halls of her high school, Sweetness's attitude changes lanes when the pressure of contending with an alocholic father, an emotionally absent mother, and a lingering threat of violent bullies carry her past her boiling point and into a world of reckless ambivalence. A visceral coming-of-age story featuring a sobering, breakthrough performance from Zoë Kravitz, YELLING TO THE SKY will pick you up and take you on an unrelenting ride through the streets of New York to the alleys of Sweetness's existence. – M.M.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Named one of 2010's "25 New Faces in Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine, Victoria Mahoney is well on her way to establishing herself as a celebrated feature film director. Having previously studied with Shelley Winters at the Actors Studio in New York, she emerged into the film industry as a short subject filmmaker, working with such film legends as Don Cheadle. YELLING TO THE SKY, her first feature, recently premiered at the Berlin Int'l Film Festival – marking only the third time in the festival's 61 years that an American female writer/director has been included in their prestigious Main Competition.
YELLING TO THE SKY (2011)
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