Eighth Grade

Showings

Film Info
Genre:Narrative Feature
Runtime:94
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Bo Burnham
Additional Info
Twitter:@eighthgrademov

Description

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Expected to be in attendance: Writer/director Bo Burnham and actress Elsie Fisher, in conversation with The Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein

Eighth-grader Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues—feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility—but after so easily summoning wisdom and confidence when addressing her (barely existent) audience, Kayla finds them paralyzingly difficult to apply in real situations. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the horizon—Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be.

Writer-director Bo Burnham, making his feature film debut, delivers a keenly observed and achingly funny portrait of the insecurities and absurdities of being 13 in a world where one’s private experience is lived publicly online. While EIGHTH GRADE depicts the seeming impossibility of making it through middle school alive, it also celebrates the debut of star Fisher, who anchors the film with a dynamic portrayal that feels both incredibly specific and heartbreakingly universal.

—Sundance Film Festival guide

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