The Sweet East

The Sweet East

Director: Sean Price Williams
Country: USA

German Premiere
2023 | 104 min. | English
Subtitles: German
FSK 18

Cast_ Talia Ryder, Simon Rex, Earl Cave, Jacob Elordi, Ayo Edebiri Screenplay_ Nick Pinkerton Camera_ Sean Price Williams Producer_ Craig Butta, Alex Coco, Alex Ross Perry, Daniel April Rights_ The Match Factory

Alice in Wonderland, USA! A boring class trip turns into an unexpectedly wild journey in this very contemporary and playful film, which traverses the abysses of US society.

Lillian is on a school trip to the nation’s capital. Once there, the traumatised young woman soon runs away from the group and gets swept up in her very own wild journey. Told with a light touch, in grainy images and a mischievous tone, this playful film accompanies its heroine as she encounters representatives of various subcultures. As dangerous as some of these might be, Lillian appears childishly uninvolved by it all. Eventually, it becomes difficult to imagine whether and how – and with what kind of identity – she will manage to untangle herself from the twists and turns of this picaresque adventure. The only certainty is that the audience is in for a feverish treat. A film at once fairy tale-like and highly contemporary. The director and his screenwriter portray the mental, social and political disintegration of their home country, the USA, offering a clear-sighted vision of its chaos.


Sean Price Williams ranks among the most important cinematographers of New York independent cinema, especially thanks to his work with Alex Ross Perry (›The Color Wheel‹, ›Listen Up Philip‹) and Josh and Benny Safdie (›Heaven Knows What‹, ›Good Time‹). ›The Sweet East‹ is his solo debut as a director.



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