Medicine for Melancholy / The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Sun 8/13/2023 • 7PM PDT

Billy Wilder Theater

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event.

Medicine for Melancholy
U.S., 2008

Barry Jenkins’ (Moonlight) first feature pulses with a raw, unfiltered and timely critique of a changing city that can’t provide stability for its citizens or new love. After a one-night stand, Micah and Jo’ spend a 24-hour period together, walking the city, getting to know a bit more about each other as their attraction ebbs and flows with the rhythm of San Francisco. Filled with film references and shot on desaturated video, Jenkins’ tender debut expertly grapples with politics, racial identity, class, and the ways in which we see ourselves in the world in a city that cannot seem to fully support either of their viewpoints. Its friction, mixed with hope, makes for a stunning and heartfelt film.

DCP, color, 88 min. Director: Barry Jenkins. Screenwriter: Barry Jenkins. With: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins.

Folsom Street
U.S., 2015

A man walks into a kink and fetish room in the SF Armoury, then the dancing starts.

Digital video, color, 6 min. Director: Aron Kantor. Screenwriter: Aron Kantor.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
U.S., 2015

A changing San Francisco is the backdrop to Marielle Heller’s directorial debut that depicts the sexual awakening of a young woman. The year is 1976 and Minnie is an aspiring cartoonist who really wants to lose her virginity. When she starts a relationship with her mother’s boyfriend, we are taken inside the world of a hormonally charged teenager, one that is fueled by emotion, sex drive, a bit of self-destruction, and the tension of wanting to be older than she is. Told from her perspective, with enthusiasm for pleasure, Minnie owns her own story, however messy it may be.

DCP, color, 102 min. Director: Marielle Heller. Screenwriter: Marielle Heller. With: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård.

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