Beach Rats

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Beach Rats
Beach Rats 2017 Teaser Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Eliza Hittman
Produced by
  • Brad Becker-Parton
  • Andrew Goldman
  • Drew P. Houpt
  • Paul Mezey
Written by Eliza Hittman
Starring
Music by Nicholas Leone
Cinematography Hélène Louvart
Edited by
  • Scott Cummings
  • Joe Murphy
Production
company
Distributed by Neon
Release date
  • January 23, 2017 (2017-01-23) (Sundance)
  • August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $486,623[1]

Beach Rats is a 2017 American drama film directed by Eliza Hittman. It stars Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, and Kate Hodge. It was screened at the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival,[2] and was theatrically released on August 25, 2017, by Neon.

Plot[edit]

Frankie (Harris Dickinson) struggles to escape his Brooklyn home life. He balances his time with a new girlfriend (Madeline Weinstein), his friends, and chatting with older men on the Internet, whom he meets up with for sex and drugs. He does not, however, identify as bisexual or gay to his girlfriend or male friends. He just "has sex with men", in the words of one of his Internet partners. Frankie attempts to compartmentalize his life by having sex with older men, to avoid them happening to know his friends. This becomes increasingly difficult, however, as he moves about the area and happens to run into them, or lures them to meetings for drugs.

Cast[edit]

  • Harris Dickinson as Frankie
  • Madeline Weinstein as Simone
  • Kate Hodge as Donna
  • Neal Huff as Joe
  • Nicole Flyus as Carla
  • Frank Hakaj as Nick
  • David Ivanov as Alexei
  • Anton Selyaninov as Jesse
  • Harrison Sheehan as Jeremy
  • Douglas Everett Davis as Harry
  • Erik Potempa as Michael

Production[edit]

In April 2016, it was announced Eliza Hittman would direct the film, based upon a screenplay she had written.[3] Cinereach and Animal Kingdom produced the film, alongside Secret Engine.[4]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 23.[5] Shortly after, Neon acquired distribution rights to the film.[6] It was released theatrically on August 25, 2017.[7]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Hittman receiving The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Beach Rats received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 85% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 89 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil."[8] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 79 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]

Jay Kuehner, reporting from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for the Canadian film magazine Cinema Scope, praised the 16 mm photography by Hélène Louvart, invoking a comparison to the visual aesthetic of Moonlight and Beau Travail, as well as the films of Robert Bresson and Philippe Grandrieux.[10]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Chéries-Chéris November 21, 2017 Grand Prize Beach Rats Nominated [11]
Deauville Film Festival September 10, 2017 Grand Special Prize Beach Rats Nominated [12]
Gotham Independent Film Awards November 27, 2017 Breakthrough Actor Harris Dickinson Nominated [13]
Independent Spirit Awards March 3, 2018 Best Male Lead Harris Dickinson Nominated [14]
Best Cinematography Hélène Louvart Nominated
Hamburg Film Festival October 14, 2017 NDR Young Talent Award Eliza Hittman Nominated [15]
Independent Film Festival of Boston April 29, 2017 Grand Jury Prize Beach Rats Won [16][17]
L.A. Outfest July 16, 2017 Best Screenwriting in a U.S. Feature Beach Rats Won [18]
Locarno International Film Festival August 12, 2017 Golden Leopard Beach Rats Nominated [19]
London Film Critics Circle Awards January 28, 2018 Young British/Irish Performer Harris Dickinson Won [20]
Montclair Film Festival May 6, 2017 Future/Now Prize Beach Rats Won [21]
Sarasota Film Festival April 9, 2017 Jury Prize Beach Rats Nominated [22]
Seattle International Film Festival June 11, 2017 Grand Jury Prize Beach Rats Nominated [23]
Stockholm International Film Festival November 20, 2017 Bronze Horse Beach Rats Nominated [24]
Sundance Film Festival January 28, 2017 Directing Award Eliza Hittman Won [25][26]
Grand Jury Prize Beach Rats Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Erbland, Kate (November 30, 2016). "Sundance 2017 Announces Competition and NEXT Lineups, Including Returning Favorites and Major Contenders". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ Nordine, Michael (January 30, 2017). "A Sophomore Sundance Star Goes to the Next Level". Ozy.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 23, 2017). "Trio Launches Secret Engine Production Shingle With 'Beach Rats' – Sundance". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Beach Rats". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 28, 2017). "'Beach Rats' Lands Deal With Neon At Sundance". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  7. ^ The Film Stage (April 18, 2017). "40 Films to See This Summer". The Film Stage. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Beach Rats (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 28, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Beach Rats Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ Kuehner, Jay. "Sundance (II): A Few Useful Details". Cinema Scope. CS70. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Films en compétition" (in French). Chéries-Chéris. Archived from the original on November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Compétition 2017". Deauville Film Festival. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ Luers, Erik (November 27, 2017). "Nominations Announced for 27th Annual IFP Gotham Awards" (Press release). Independent Filmmaker Project. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  14. ^ Sharf, Zack (October 10, 2017). "2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: 'Get Out' and 'Call Me by Your Name' Dominate". Indiewire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Awards Ceremony And Closing" (Press release). Hamburg Film Festival. October 14, 2017. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ "IFFBoston 2017". Independent Film Festival of Boston. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  17. ^ Burns, Sean (May 2, 2017). "IFFBoston Announces 2017 Jury Awards". Boston Reel. Medium. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  18. ^ Ellsworth, Robert (July 21, 2017). "In Like Outfest 2017". The University Times. California State University. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Beach Rats". Locarno International Film Festival. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  20. ^ Lodge, Guy (January 28, 2018). "'Three Billboards' Leads London Critics' Awards". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 4, 2018. 
  21. ^ Lewis, Hilary (May 9, 2017). "Montclair Film Festival: 'Lady Macbeth,' 'Strong Island' Among Award Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  22. ^ "2017 Film Guide" (PDF). Sarasota Film Festival. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 15, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Beach Rats". Seattle International Film Festival. Archived from the original on May 17, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Competition". Stockholm International Film Festival. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  25. ^ De La Rosa, Casey; Alcorn, Spencer (November 29, 2016). "2017 Sundance Film Festival: Competition And Next Lineup Announced" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival (Press release). The Sundance Institute. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
  26. ^ "'17 Sundance Film Festival: Award Winners". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 

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