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Chicago, IL 60601
2016, Heidi Saman, USA, 78 min.
With Karim Saleh, Waleed Zuaiter
A morose twenty-something valet parking attendant for a ritzy Los Angeles eatery experiences a quarter-life crisis in this keenly observant drama of an assimilated Egyptian family’s gradual disintegration against the background of California cool. Steven (Saleh) is drifting in place, hating his demeaning job, shown up by his ambitious over-achiever sister, and uneasily coming to terms with his parents’ pending divorce, the sale of the family home, and the fading thrills of an uncommitted romance. First time director Saman, winner of the Muse Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, brings an acute sense of an unmoored culture to this late-onset coming of age.
Preceded by OCEANS OF INJUSTICE (2016, Bruno de Champris, UK/Palestine, 12 min); For decades, a gross injustice has been perpetuated against an entire people. Through consumption of news media, we think we understand what they are going through. But we have no idea. DCP digital. (BS)