"Pity Sissy St. Claire: she is allowed to shine in her very own Saturday night tv special, but this doesn't turn out as expected in this spectacle beamed straight from a whole other shimmery analogue video epoch." - IFFR 2022, Focus: Amanda Kramer
Amanda Kramer's GIVE ME PITY!, Starring Sophie von Haselberg, To Celebrate World Premiere at IFFR 2022 In Special "Filmmaker in Focus" Section
The newest film from the visionary American filmmaker will debut on January 29, 2022 to culminate a series of retrospective screenings of her previous work during the upcoming virtual edition of IFFR
January 7, 2022 — The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2022, will honor American writer-director Amanda Kramer with a special Filmmaker in Focus program, including the world premiere of her latest feature, GIVE ME PITY!, on January 29, 2022.
Kramer's previous films have played at TIFF, BFI London Film Fest, and Fantastic Fest, and have received wide praise for their bold and challenging breakdown of genres and their vibrant, surreal imagery. In addition to her work as a writer and director, she is also an accomplished musician and the co-founder of underground dance label 100% SILK. As a multidisciplinary artist, Kramer draws inspiration from art, theatre, music, and fashion.
GIVE ME PITY!, written and directed by Amanda Kramer, is a manic take on the retro TV variety show, starring the immensely talented Sophie von Haselberg in her leading lady debut as the star of a one-woman show who unravels as her performances goes on.
"Give Me Pity! is an untamed and intimate portrayal of diva culture, female vanity, created persona, and the prisms of fame. I'm elated to be premiering the film at IFFR, where provocation, experimentation, and fine art in cinema is revered," says Kramer on the premiere.
For von Haselberg, this is an exciting opportunity to showcase her talents acting, singing, and dancing: "If I cooked up my dream project out of thin air, it would look exactly like Give Me Pity!... Amanda's extraordinary trust gave me license to take Sissy as far in any direction as I wanted. With that kind of freedom, I know I could relive this experience a hundred times and still find a thousand more facets of this wild, wonderful, tragic woman to explore."
Kramer is the only American female filmmaker to be honored in this year's Official Selection. The retrospective includes eight of Kramer's films — two premieres, GIVE ME PITY! (2022) and festival opening night film PLEASE BABY PLEASE (2022) starring Andrea Riseborough, Harry Melling, and Demi Moore, her debut feature PARIS WINDOW (2018), breakout feature LADYWORLD (2018) and her celebrated shorts BARK (2016), REQUESTS (2017), INTERVENE (2018), and SIN ULTRA (2019).
Sophie von Haselberg previously starred in Jenji Kohan's series AMERICAN PRINCESS, from creator Jamie Denbo for A+E Studios. Her television credits include roles in FX's POSE and AMERICAN CRIME STORY, Netflix's HALSTON and HOUSE OF CARDS, as well as the HBO film THE WIZARD OF LIES. She made her feature film debut in 2015 co-starring in Woody Allen's IRRATIONAL MAN, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and went on to act in Sony Pictures Classic's EQUITY and the historical indie drama ASK FOR JANE. She produced and co-starred opposite Martin Starr in the sci-fi short YOYO, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and recently wrapped the lead role in the independent feature LOVE… RECONSIDERED from director Carol Hartsell, which is expected to release in 2022.
GIVE ME PITY!
A Primetime Saturday Night Network Television Spectacular starring Sissy St. Claire!
Sissy St. Claire graces the small screen for her first ever television special, an evening full of music and laughter, glamour and entertainment! But Sissy's live event quickly begins to curdle into a psychedelic nightmare of vanity, insecurity and delusional ambition, provoked by the glowering presence of a mysterious masked man.
Dir/Writer: Amanda Kramer
Producers: Jacob Agger, Sarah Winshall, Amanda Kramer, Benjamin Shearn
Executive Producers: Rhianon Jones, Riccardo Maddalosso, Samuel Gursky
In Association with Neon Heart Productions, Smudge Films, Irving Harvey