One of the biggest surprises at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the success of Sean Baker’s Tangerine, a brash, energetic, wildly entertaining buddy comedy-drama about transgender prostitutes in Hollywood. Known for directing clever independent films such as Starlet and Prince of Broadway that overcome their microbudgets, Baker’s latest managed to stun even the most jaded of film buffs at the Park City, Utah fest in January when it was revealed it had been shot entirely with an iPhone.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone) hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.
The film will hit select theaters July 10. Check out the trailer (contains NSFW language) below.