*Online Premiere* Zia Anger is a force. There’s a rare uninhibited quality to her work, not some kind of staged weirdness, but the real thing. She’s free to turn on a dime, or mix it up in unexpected ways, a scrambled vision that somehow feels clear.
Presented as a diptych, My Last Film takes a jab at self-serious indie film, particularly on actresses who talk about acting as if the world depended on it. In the first part, a young woman (Kelly Rohrbach) walks down a Brooklyn street complaining to her friend (Lola Kirke) about how hard acting is. That is, until an interjection from fate, and a man in a van (Mac DeMarco). The second segment features another actress (Rosanna Arquette) starring into her bathroom mirror poetically speaking about an abusive lover, but it’s not who you expect.
Anger’s filmmaking is loose but powerful, as are her music videos for the likes of Angel Olsen, Maggie Rodgers, et al. Her previous short film I Remember Nothing won Best Director at our annual awards last year. And her new film is just as singular, both funny and indicting. *Also, she has a message for you: if you have arrived here for a cathartic experience please consider a donation to the ACLU instead: aclu.org/ (9 minutes) Official Selection: New York Film Festival. Starring Lola Kirke, Rosanna Arquette, and Kelly Rohrback. Directed by Zia Anger. Shot by Ashley Connor.