Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

Just as she did in her opera prima The Joy of Life, Jenni Olson again performs a masterful combination of an intimate personal story with the greatness of History in capital letters. The Royal Road the title refers to, in the US West Coast, is the actual route that used to connect religious missions between Mexico and San Francisco, and is now the distance imposed on the main character’s romance. Its Spanish translation (Camino Real) reveals one of the keys in the film: both the Real and the real fuse together in the existence of a cast-off lesbian girl who finds a paradise she can see herself reflected on in the fantasy world offered by a film screen, obsessing with these stories of other people, and looking for the keys to her own life in them. The city of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo –with its double games and impossible loves– is the perfect setting for a film that is built on nostalgia but nevertheless stares at the future with no sign of melancholy. LL

Spanish title: El Camino Real
Year: 2015
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 65
Seconds: 0

D, G, I: Jenni Olson  

F: Sophie Constantinou  

E: Dawn Logsdon 

S: Jim Lively  

P: Julie Dorf  

PE: Paul Marcarelli


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She’s an expert in LGBT cinema and currently a Vice President of e-commerce in WolfeVideo. Her first feature-length film The Joy of Life (2005) premiered in Sundance, where she also premiered her short film 575 Castro St. (2009; Panorama in Berlin). She wrote the books The Queer Movie Poster Book and The Ultimate Guide to Lesbians Gay Film an...

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