9:00pm - Monday, May 16, 2022
Ninja Thyberg’s debut feature film PLEASURE is a journey into the Los Angeles porn industry through the lens of newcomer Bella Cherry (Sofia Kappel). The film follows the young and ambitious woman, who leaves her small town in Sweden and heads to LA with the aim of becoming the world's next big porn star. Strong, self-confident and determined, Bella embarks on a mission to become the best at any cost, but soon discovers that the road to her goal turns out to be bumpier than she'd imagined.
PLEASURE is written and directed by Thyberg with a stunning first time performance by Kappel, who anchors an ensemble of adult industry actors.
"Thyberg doesn't shy away from the specifics of her milieu, but it's not an exposé on what pornography does to women as much as a harrowing examination of what the workplace expects and allows from women and men." (The Wrap)
"Grounded in years of meticulous research into the porn scene and cast with actors drawn entirely from that world except for Kappel herself, Pleasure is very persuasive in its evocation of the milieu." (Hollywood Reporter)
"Kappel's jaw-dropping and fearless performance blurs fiction and reality." (RogerEbert.com)
"Less interested in giving pleasure than in taking it back, Thyberg's film might end on an ambiguous note, but few movies have ever been so eager to bare the simple truth of those words." (IndieWire)
"Any number of films and plays and books have examined this process of moral and spiritual deterioration caused by some form of physical abuse, but Pleasure has the added edge of showing it in vividly realistic terms." (Deadline Hollywood)
Monday, May 16
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
PLEASURE (Ninja Thyberg, 2021 / 105 mins) Bella Cherry arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an adult film star, but she soon learns that fame won't come easy as she harnesses her ambition and cunning to rise to the top of this mesmerizing and singular world.
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