RASHAAD ERNESTO GREEN | USA | 2019 | 86 MIN | NR
One of the breakout hits of 2019’s Sundance Film Festival, Premature follows 17-year-old poet Ayanna (Zora Howard), who’s spending her last summer in Harlem before heading off to college. She meets handsome, 20-something music producer Isaiah (Joshua Boone), and soon the two are engaged in a passionate summer fling. But before long, the elation of first love gives way to conflict, and Ayanna is forced to contend with the anxieties of adulthood. Frank, moving, and beautifully nuanced, Premature is a timeless story of a young woman’s coming of age, given freshness and specificity by writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green and his gifted cast.
Cast: Zora Howard, Joshua Boone, Michelle Wilson, Alexis Marie Wint
“One of the year’s best films.” –Chicago Reader
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s MADE IN USA series.