Previously at the ICA - Films

Alnoor Dewshi, Latifah and Himli's Nomadic Uncle, 1992

ICO Two films by Josephine Decker Season: Mistress America + Latifah and Himli's Nomadic Uncle intro from Jemma Desai and Simran Hans

15 Aug 2015

With Mistress America Noah Baumbach delivers another wry comedy of manners, this time co-written with his star Greta Gerwig. She plays Brooke, the mile-a-minute new best friend of Tracy, a smart but slightly disappointed new girl in town whose mum is engaged to Brooke’s dad.

Bowled over by her soon-to-be stepsister’s manic but (thanks to Gerwig’s acting chops) oddly endearing personality, Tracy soon finds herself embroiled in romantic intrigues and probably ill-advised business plans. Baumbach’s intuitive feel for ironic humour and material that would make lesser artists blanch is as evident here as it was in Greenberg and The Squid And The Whale. The script wastes not a syllable, and the pace never lets up.


Mistress America, dir. Noah Baumbach, USA, 2015, 84 mins

Latifah and Himli's Nomadic Uncle

"Where I come from we don’t worry about where we come from”. So says Latifah to her cousin Himli in Alnoor Dewshi's clever, charming and illuminating Latifah and Himli's Nomadic Uncle, about two cousins who discuss ideas of culture and history while wandering through London. Described by John Akomfrah as an "excellent film on Nomadology and diasporic sublime"

Alnoor Dewshi, Latifah and Himli's Nomadic Uncle, USA, 1992, 14 mins

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