The African Desperate

U.S., 99m, DCP

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Screened September 16–29, 2022

“Yo, Palace!” The African Desperate tracks one very long day for Palace Bryant (an expertly deadpan Diamond Stingily), a newly minted MFA grad whose final day of art school becomes a real trip. Palace is not going to the fucking graduation party! She hates the woods. If this were a reality show, she would be the person who was not here to make friends. Palace needs to get home, back to Chicago from upstate New York. But that means surviving a hazy, hilarious, and hallucinatory night-long odyssey, stumbling from academic critiques to backseat hookups. The electrifying feature debut from renowned artist Martine Syms, The African Desperate brings her razor-sharp satire and vivid aesthetic invention to a riotous coming-of-age comedy. A MUBI release

Official Selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, London Film Festival

A film by Martine Syms

Witty, sharp, and right on the mark, this is social commentary for the art world like we’ve never seen it before.”

Róisín Tapponi, Vogue

Rollicking, piercing, and wildly entertaining.”

Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage