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Dedalus
A film by Jonah Greenstein

92 minutes, color, 2020

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Synopsis

DEDALUS is a fiction triptych portraying community, love, and loss.

In rural Iowa, a grocery cashier watches helplessly as classmates conceal their act of sexual violence against his teenaged step-sister. Will she keep the child? A hustler tricks for food, shelter, and intimacy during a winter in New York City. A young woman takes him in, but nothing satiates his unrequited love for an older gay client. Mortality compels a father to leave his home in Los Angeles and move in with his daughter.

Jonah Greenstein's gorgeously shot feature debut laces loneliness with beauty to create a film of startling cinematic intimacy.


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Reviews

"An impressive debut." - Roger Walker-Dack, Queerguru

"Reminiscent of Shame and Eyes Wide Shut."- David Reddish, Queerty

"Greenstein shows the ways in which an intimate encounter with a stranger can make all the difference." - Jose Solís, The Film Stage

"An expressionist portrait of lost souls in flux. Greenstein is comfortable with long, naturalistic takes that compel the viewer to slow down and adjust from the whiz-bang showmanship of your standard commercial film. He’s interested in behavior, not revelation, though he’s not immune to shots of nature and the industrial world that are as beautifully lighted, by director and co-cinematographer Jake Saner, as the metaphoric vistas of prime Terrence Malick. Its general mode is meditative. You either feel your way into the film or you tune it out. And one of its strengths is that it isn’t bothered with fulfilling your mainstream expectations. There’s a purity to Greenstein’s vision that — when the film succeeds and when the film fails — sustains. It makes us wonder what delights this nascent filmmaker might have in store for us." - Dan Loughry, Hornet


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