"20th Anniversary Screening" Girlfight is Karyn Kusama's award winning quintessential women's boxing film starring Michelle Rodriguez in both of their film debuts. Diana Guzman is a trouble teenager from Brooklyn who decides to channel her aggression by training to become a boxer, despite the disapproval of both her father and her prospective trainers and competitors in the male-dominated sport.Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.
About the Director/Writer:
Karyn Kusama is an American film and television director. She made her feature film debut with the 2000 film Girlfight, which she wrote and directed, for which she won the Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. She went on to direct the 2005 sci-fi action film Æon Flux, based on Peter Chung's animated series of the same name, and the 2009 cult horror comedy Jennifer's Body. She has recently worked as a television director. In 2017 she directed a segment in the film XX, an all-female horror anthology. In 2015 she directed an American Horror thriller film The Invitation. Her latest film is the 2018 crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman. Three of her films have been written by her husband Phil Hay and his writing partner Matt Manfredi.
Cast & Crew:
Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenwriter: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Douglas Santiago, Jaime Tirelli
Producers: Sarah Green, Martha Griffin, Maggie Renzi
Executive Producers: John Sayles, Caroline Kaplan, Jonathan Sehring
Cinematographer: Patrick Cady
Editor: Plummy Tucker
Section: : Anniversary Screening
Length: 110 minutes
Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival