THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN
Also in November TranScreen will present a beautiful film at Filmhuis Cavia. This time, Giuliana from ADM – the largest and oldest cultural free-haven in the Netherlands that is threatened with eviction – will be present to talk about ADM and gentrification before the film starts.
Wednesday 10 November, 20:30
This Side of Heaven
Todd Verow | 2016 | USA | 91'
V (Philly Abe), an older trans woman, is desperately trying to hold on to her rent stabilized apartment in New York City. She has endured many tragedies involving former lovers, friends, and acquaintances over the 26 years she has lived in her rat, roach and junkie infested building. She has survived corrupt landlord after corrupt landlord but her struggles have left her agoraphobic and reclusive.
As V tries to maintain her sanity she is visited by her friend and mentor Lili (Brandon Olson) who consoles her and tries to get her to work on a new cabaret show. However, V’s knows that those days are over; she is no longer interested in performing. Meanwhile, V’s property manager, Shawnith (Jayne Nicoletti) continues her nefarious efforts to evict V or get her to move out. In retaliation, Alexxx (Penny Arcade), V’s upstairs neighbor tries to get V more active in the political fight against gentrification, but V resigns herself to stay put. Her only connection to the outside world comes in her interactions with the various delivery boys who bring her groceries and necessities. While most of them take advantage of her, or rob her, one of them, Christian (Justin Rodriguez) befriends V. He eventually agrees to move in with her, but just as things seem to be turning around for V, Shawnith resorts to violent means to get V out of the building once and for all.