Art of the Real, a showcase for boundary-pushing nonfiction film presented each year by the Film Society of Lincoln Center will open with the New York premiere of Theo Anthony’s eye-opening Rat Film
NAME OF FILM: CASA ROSHELL
DIRECTOR(S): Camila José Donoso
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: Roshell Terranova, 51, is the co-owner of Club Roshell, a transgender club on an unassuming street in Mexico City that holds “personality workshops” for its clientele, offering tutorials on makeup, costumes, heels, and other accessories. A “safe space” in the sincerest sense, the club allows men to eschew the limits of macho culture, push the boundaries of their own gender, and, as Roshell emphasizes in an address to the club’s patrons, to own their identities and desires, to feel pretty and less alone. As with her previous feature, Naomi Campbel (an Art of the Real 2015 selection), Camila José Donoso’s richly detailed film immerses itself in its world, mixing digital, 16mm film, and even closed-circuit TV footage to locate a glamorous utopia within the confines of the club.