New forms of sex and love emerge in the first American film to ever win the Teddy jury prize at the Berlin Film Festival, OPEN.
When the young hermaphrodite Cynthia (Gaea Gaddy) meets Gen (Tempest Crane) and Jay (Jendeen Forberg), a couple recovering from plastic surgery, she learns of Pandrogony, in which two people merge their facial features in order to reflect their evolution from separate identities into one unified entity.
Inspired by this, Cynthia abandons her husband and suburban life to embark on a road trip with Gen through the remnants of 20th century America.
Simultaneously, a young transman, Syd (Morty Diamond), meets a young punk man, Nick (Daniel Luedtke). After having sex with one another, and someone born of the opposite sex for the first time, Syd and Nick find themselves falling into love, a love that forces them to confront how hormone treatments have forever changed sex and relationships.
Not science fiction, but American reality OPEN brings together a cast of real hermaphroditic, pandrogynous, and transpeople to create a revealing look at the pioneers of the new human experience, and the emerging possibilities for humanity at the dawn of a new millennium.
Awards & Quotes
“Gives the old boy-meets-girl template a very 21st –century update”
-Leslie Felperin, Variety
“An enchanting poetic, cautious debut film”
-Jenni Zylka, der Spiegel
• 2010 Teddy Jury Prize, Berlin Film Festival
• 2010 Best Performance, New Fest
• 2010 Best Narrative Feature, TLVFest
• 2010 Four in Focus, OutFest
- OPEN GENESIS: Original interviews with artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge that where the basis of OPEN
- OPEN DIALOGUE: director and critic commentary
- OPEN CRIT : Post screening discussion with director Jake Yuzna and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge at the New Museum of Contemporary Artt