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Sunday, April 17, 2016

CALIFORNIA

A Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Selection

By D.E.Levine

In Brazil in the 1980s, Estela (Clara Gallo) dreams of escaping her life and taking a trip to California with her uncle.

Living in Sao Paulo with her stifling father and mother, and hangs out with her conventional friends.  Dissatisfied, Estela has two forms of escape.  One is music, with a particular fondness for David Bowie, and the other is escapism into the journey she'll make to California with her mother's brother Carlos.

When Carlos returns to Sao Paulo sick with AIDS to be looked after by his family, it becomes clear that Estela's trip won't take place and she must make decisions about who she wants to be and who she wants to be with.

Will she choose Xande (the dream catch according to everyone) or JM, who arrives mid-semester with an air of mystery and great records?