Tim Sutton – Funny Face #Berlinale2020

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A futuristic and dystopic New York hosts the love stpry of two lonely souls, through the visions of Tim Sutton, director of Funny Face

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PODCAST | Angelo Acerbi interviews Tim Sutton, director of the film Funny Face.

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Tim Sutton explains what he had in mind while creating the film, writing it visualising a specific look, and aesthetics, to give us the unfamiliarity of a city where the two heroes live in solitude . Stunningly beautiful, demanding and fascinating, Funny Face is a film to remember.

Funny Face: What does romance look like in times of housing insecurity and shocking, widening wealth gaps? In a Brooklyn threatened by disfigurement as a result of real estate speculation, two young people meet in a late-night bodega. Saul and Zama are two orphans of unchecked capitalism brought together by circumstance, who thrive in spite of their differences and bring each other solace. Meanwhile, up in his ivory tower, the rich man responsible for their predicament struggles to find reasons to smile. This film takes a central, complex social issue – urban development and gentrification – and turns it into a universal metaphor for survival in times of displacement. Director Tim Sutton delicately explores how, in today’s “real” world, being a superhero means being able to recognise beauty and how, if it is truly impossible to defeat the oppressive greed of the powerful, we can at least help each other to survive it. In this way Funny Face is, without doubt, a very modern romantic tale.

To discover more about the film, click here.


  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Tim Sutton
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Funny Face
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