Best First Feature Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Crystal Bear ~ Generation 14plus Best Film
Berlin International Film Festival
Bitterly funny and warmly empathetic...tackles high school bullying with style and smarts.
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Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther, The Imitation Game) is one-of-a-kind: a fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager whose razor-sharp wit is matched only his by his outrageous, anything-goes fashion sense. When his glamorous mother (Bette Midler) is forced to send him to live with his straight-laced father (Larry Pine), Billy finds himself a diva-out-of-water at his new ultra-conservative high school. Undaunted by the bullies who don’t understand him, the fearless Billy sets out to make a big statement in his own inimitable way: challenging the school’s reigning mean girl (Abigail Breslin) for the title of homecoming queen. This proudly offbeat comedy is an irresistible ode to outsiders and nonconformists of all stripes. With Laverne Cox.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 1.19.18 - 1.25.18
Rated NR
Runtime: 91 min
Language: English

Director: Trudie Styler
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Alex Lawther, AnnaSophia Robb, Bette Midler, Celia Weston, Ian Nelson, John McEnroe, Larry Pine, Laverne Cox, Willa Fitzgerald

  • Nominee, Best First Feature Award, Berlin International Film Festival
  • Nominee, Crystal Bear ~ Generation 14plus Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Danielle Solzman, Cultured Vultures
Trudie Styler directs the fish-out-of-water film, if there’s any way to describe it. Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) is a gender-nonconformist whose fashion sense is on the feminine side. After his parents divorce, he stays with his mom, Muv (Bette Middler), but it reaches a point i...