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The Great Pretender

Nathan Silver
Narrative Features :: Vanguard
Running Time:71:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
4:15 PM EST
Thursday, November 8
Thalian Main
10:30 AM EST
Saturday, November 10
Station Main

Director/Producer: Nathan Silver
Writer/Editor/Producer: Jack Dunphy
Cinematographer: Sean Price Williams
Producer: Danelle Eliav, Jere B. Ford, Matt Grady
Cast: Esther Garrel, Maëlle Poesy-Guichard, Keith Poulson, Linas Phillips

Mona (Maëlle Poésy) has recently arrived in New York from France in order to mount her newest play — an autobiographical piece that depicts her tumultuous, on-again, off-again affair with a married photographer, Nick (Linas Phillips). Mona casts Chris (Keith Poulson) as Nick and Thérèse (Esther Garrel) to play the fictional version of herself. As rehearsals begin, a love quadrangle emerges: Mona falls for Chris, Chris becomes infatuated with Mona, and Thérèse develops deep feelings for Chris. This tangled roundelay unfolds in five chapters, covering the same events from each of the four character’s perspectives and culminating in a fraught production of the play itself.

Short Before the FeatureWhat’s That in the Ground? // Wally Chung :: When you want one thing, sometimes you get the complete opposite or something worse.


Nathan Silver graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. Since then, the filmmaker has directed four short films and eight feature films including: EXIT ELENA (2012), STINKING HEAVEN (2015), ACTOR MARTINEZ THIRST STREET (2017), and THE GREAT PRETENDER(2018). His films have played around the world, including New York Film Festival, Venice, Tribeca, Mar del Plata, AFI, Locarno, Rotterdam and Viennale. The New Yorker recently called Silver “a modernistic master of melodrama.”