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New Strains

Director: Artemis Shaw, Prashanth Kamalakanthan Run Time: 78 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2023

Starring: Artemis Shaw, Prashanth Kamalakanthan, Cynthia Talmadge, Olivier Sherman

Sunday screening followed by Q&A with Prashanth Kamalakanthan, moderated by filmmaker Graham Mason; co-presented with NoBudge

Kallia and Ram have just begun their first vacation as a couple, and they’re already bickering. Though a mysterious new illness is on the brink of exploding into a pandemic, and despite Ram’s protestations, Kallia insists that they are going to have a fun week in New York City. Within hours of their arrival, a nation-wide lockdown is announced, ruining their plans. Over the course of their stay, they descend into a toxic pattern of jealousy and codependency. Is their childish behavior simply the result of cabin fever, or is it something more?