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Directed by Ninja Thyberg
105 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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A young woman strives for success and agency in LA’s lucrative and ruthless porn industry in Swedish director Ninja Thyberg’s bold and meticulously observed debut. Cannes 2020.
Nineteen-year-old Bella Cherry arrives in LA with one goal – to be the next big name in adult film. What she finds is a world of simmering rivalry and loose regulations. Ninja Thyberg demythologises porn through an honest, scrupulous gaze – moments of abuse and exploitation sit alongside gems of genuine friendship and professionalism. This sense of authenticity is heightened by a cast featuring real-life adult film stars and agents. Confident, explicit and propulsive, Pleasure gives voice to an ambitious and unapologetic heroine, and reveals the realities of a cutthroat, male-dominated industry.

Ninja Thyberg is a Swedish writer-director, who has helmed several short films. Her short set in the porn industry, also titled Pleasure, won the Canal + Award at Cannes 2013.
An uncompromising female directorial vision.
Wendy Ide, Screen International


Thu 4 Nov
Ritz Cinemas Randwick 5
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Mon 8 Nov
Event Cinemas George St 5
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Program Strand
Europe! Voices of Women in Film
Unclassified 18+
Sweden, Netherlands, France
In English and Swedish with English subtitles
Ninja Thyberg
Erik Hemmendorff, Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå
Sofia Kappel, Revika Anne Reustle, Evelyn Claire
Ninja Thyberg
Sophie Winqvist Loggins
Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Amalie Westerlin Tjellesen
Focus on Women, Gender & Sexuality, Scandinavia, Women Directors
Company Credits
Festival Contact: Swedish Film Institute
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