Problemista

April 10 & 11

7 pm nightly
1:30 pm Thursday Matinee

2023 — Comedy
PG — 1 hr 45 min

A24’s Problemista is a surreal fairy tale about finding the people who truly see you. In this art-world comedy, it’s all about surviving Tilda Swinton at her scariest. Writer, director and star, boyish comedian, Julio Torres’ utterly unique sensibilities prove a perfectly cracked lens through which to find the surreal humor in bleak aspects of the human experience. The magic of the film lies in its imaginative production design and its thoughtful deconstruction of the American immigration dream.

Race plays an undeniable part of Problemista and Torres, formerly a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” has gone fearless when he could have just made something funny. Inspired by his own experience immigrating to the US, Problemista tells the story of Alejandro (Julio Torres) – an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador, struggling to bring his unusual ideas to life in New York City. As time on his work visa runs out, a job assisting an erratic art-world outcast (Tilda Swinton) becomes his only hope to stay in the country and realize his dream. It’s a surreal adventure through the equally treacherous worlds of New York City and the U.S. Immigration system.

Problemista is simple and weird. It’s whimsical and authentic. The film feels like Julio Torres is letting us into his life. Alejandro is an autobiographical character in many ways, but not just for Torres. He’s one for anyone who has had to navigate the immigration system alone. Only he doesn’t lose his joy or his smile. He doesn’t let anyone, not even the dragon, steal that. A whimsical fish-out-of-water tale following a toymaker navigating the U.S. immigration system, Problemista is a deeply considered, fantastical tromp through a mundane wonderland. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to find a creative partner who sees the world the way you do, the connection between Elizabeth and Alejandro will hit you joyfully and achingly.

Written, Produced and Directed by:
Julio Torres

Cast:
Tilda Swinton
Julio Torres
RZA
Greta Lee
Catalina Saavedra
James Scully

Narrated by
Isabella Rossellini