The Hottest August
What Does The Future Look Like?
Trailer (Audio:: English, no subtitles)
The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017.
It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast.
The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? "The Hottest August" offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.
|Production:||Brett Story, Danielle Varga, Oh Ratface Films, Walking Productions|
|Our age recommendation:||13|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Shooting Locations:||United States|
|Screening rights:||Grasshopper Film ()|
This collection of interactions with ordinary people is a cinematic gift both simple and multilayered, an intellectual challenge and an emotional adventure. – New York Times
No movie can encompass everything that's on the minds of Americans at the moment, but Story's modest but wide-ranging cine-essay comes closest, constructed in such a way that no two audiences will see it the same way. – Variety
Even face to face with a bleak future, "The Hottest August" is steeped... delight, the kind that reminds us that there's beauty in the world, and a future that's worth fighting for. – Slate
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