Aug. 22

9:00 PM

Feature Narrative

The Forty-Year-Old Version

Dir. Radha Blank

Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she’s left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime. The Forty-Year-Old Version follows Radha as she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater on a quest to find her true voice.

Winner of the Directing Prize at The 2020 Sundance Film Festival, The Forty-Year-Old Version is a hilariously candid and deeply personal debut from writer/director Radha Blank. A fresh addition to the New York City slice-of-life canon shot in lush black and white 35mm, Blank’s film is an ode to the unfulfilled, and those whose adversity gives them a one-of-a-kind story to tell.

*This is a special in-person event in conjunction with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department’s Philly Drive-In Series. Registration for the drive-in series must be done at this page and having a BlackStar festival pass does not guarantee access to this screening.

123 min.

United States, 2020