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Pleasure

Directed by Ninja Thyberg
2021
Sweden
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

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Thu 4 Nov
8:15pm
Ritz Cinemas Randwick 5
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Mon 8 Nov
8:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
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Program Strand
Europe! Voices of Women in Film
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Sweden, Netherlands, France
Language
In English and Swedish with English subtitles
Director
Ninja Thyberg
Producer
Erik Hemmendorff, Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå
Cast
Sofia Kappel, Revika Anne Reustle, Evelyn Claire
Screenwriter
Ninja Thyberg
Cinematographer
Sophie Winqvist Loggins
Editor
Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Amalie Westerlin Tjellesen
Genre
Focus on Women, Gender & Sexuality, Scandinavia, Women Directors
Company Credits
Festival Contact: Swedish Film Institute
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