Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Sexual Dependency
(Dependencia Sexual)

Year: 2003
Country: BOLIVIA, USA
Run Time: 105 minutes

2003 saw the scandal of the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog, when underaged-looking models, eroticized as Madison Avenue marketing tools, crossed the line. The scenario was anticipated by Rodrigo Bellott's art installation in Bolivia in 2001, a billboard and website campaign touting a fictitious underwear brand with scantily-clad youth. Clothes companies eagerly inquired about manufacturing rights, so dead-on was the put-on. Bellott's billboards also appear in SEXUAL DEPENDENCY, a provocative portmanteau that set domestic box-office records despite its highly-experimental nature. The five-part feature is improvised by non-pro actors and based on interviews with hundreds of kids growing up confused, abused, tantalized, lusting and hurting in the modern era's oversexed milieu. Shooting digitally almost entirely in split-screen, Bellott gives us daring, dual angles of the same circumstances, granting us the intimacy his young-adult characters yearn for. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Rodrigo Bellott, Lenelle N. Moise

Producer
Ara Katz, Rodrigo Bellott

Cinematography
Rodrigo Bellott, Daryn Deluco

Editing
Adriana Pacheco

Principal Cast
Alexandra Aponte, Roberto Urbina, Jorge Antonio Saavedra, Ronica V. Reddick, Matthew Guida, Matt Cavenaugh

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