Official Selection

Hustlers

USA 2019 110 min. Language: English Subtitles: Italian
Hustlers
Director
Lorene Scafaria
In 2008, Lorene Scafaria wrote the screenplay for the film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. In 2012, she directed her first film, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. She went on to direct three episodes of the TV series New Girl as well as a second feature, The Meddler. She is also a singer and songwriter.
Screenings
Auditorium Sala Sinopoli
23/10/2019, 19:30
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Frecciarossa Cinema Hall
23/10/2019, 20:00
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Frecciarossa Cinema Hall
24/10/2019, 17:30
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Film Synopsis
In 2007, Destiny has become a stripper so she can provide for herself and her grandmother; her life will change when she meets Ramona, the star of the strip joint, and the two immediately hit it off. Destiny learns how to win over her male audience from Ramona, and also that when you’re inside a corrupt system, you have to exploit the situation instead of being exploited. To that end, Ramona gives Destiny a complete rundown on her Wall Street customers at the club. From that point on, the two women start raking in much more money than they can ever spend, right up to the Great Recession of 2008. Destiny and Ramona are joined by two dancers, Mercedes and Annabelle, and make a stab at changing the rules of the game, but it quickly spirals out of their control.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT We’re presenting a world we may have seen in many movies and TV shows, but from a different perspective - that of the dancers. It’s an epic mix of crime drama, stripper movie, and an exploration of the economic upheaval that upended the lives of so many, including our characters’. Jessica Pressler’s article was a compelling story of fascinating characters who are constantly facing judgment and living with a stigma about their profession, and about deep friendships that can sometimes get you into trouble.
I relate to everything they go through, including grappling with loneliness and searching for independence. They are moms, friends, sisters, and daughters, who forge these incredible bonds that transcend their differences.
I don’t write characters with specific actors in mind, but the minute I completed the script it was obvious that Jennifer’s voice was on the page even before I imagined her as Ramona. It was fate. Jennifer so embodied Ramona it was almost scary. She brings a wink and tongue-in-cheek flavor to the character, as well as a grounded reality.
I didn’t want to villainize any job or gender. Though these women work in a value system that can be insidious, I feel for the male characters as well, because they’re valued most for their wealth and power, as women are valued for their beauty. The system is broken for both.
Cast and Crew
Lorene Scafaria (da un articolo di / based on article by Jessica Pressler)
Todd Banhazl
Kayla Emter
Jane Musky
Mitchell Travers
Jessica Elbaum, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Gloria Sanchez Productions, Nuyorican Productions
Annapurna Pictures
Lucky Red, Universal Pictures
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