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The Light of the Moon

Stephanie Beatriz stars in this powerful and involving portrait of a confident New Yorker trying to regain control of her life after a sexual assault.

Credits

Dir-Scr Jessica M Thompson
Prod Carlo Velayo, Jessica M Thompson, Michael Cuomo
With Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora
USA
2017
95min
Sales Imagination Worldwide

Written, directed and edited by Australian-born, US-based Jessica M Thompson, this remarkably assured and unerringly compassionate debut charts the aftermath of a sexual assault. A cast member of the popular TV comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Stephanie Beatriz gives an incredibly nuanced performance as Bonnie, a popular New York architect who’s raped after a night out. Harrowing, yet never exploitative, the attack is sensitively depicted before the film focuses on the six weeks that follow the crime. Thompson explores a sharp-minded survivor’s trauma, grief and desire to move on, with heartfelt specificity and carefully calibrated wit, highlighting the fact that there’s no correct way for Bonnie to behave. We also see how loved ones can unintentionally worsen the impact. Winner of the Audience Award for Narrative Feature at SXSW The Light of the Moon avoids issues-based drama clichés and is guaranteed to stir emotions and encourage discussion.

Manish Agarwal

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Jessica M Thompson, Director

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