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What Doesn’t Float (2023)

Opens on October 13

Director: Luca Balser Run Time: 70 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2023

Starring: Alexandra Templer, Keith Poulson, Larry Fessenden, Pauline Chalamet, Roger Howarth

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Lighthouse International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2023 Nashville Film Festival

Seven stories. One city. A disparate group of characters fill out this darkly comedic anthology of New Yorkers at their wits end. When the dailiness of urban life is suspended by an unforeseen conflict, each character must make a decision. While the outcomes vary, a unified sense of the city emerges: New York becomes a mirror to the ego reflecting our true character, while the rest sink to the bottom.

“the film represents a new wave of talent and showcases the city we love, even when it drives us to our wits end.”

—Kyle Greenberg, Circle Collective president

About the filmmaker:

Luca Balser is an experienced film editor making his feature directorial debut. His editing portfolio spans a wide range of projects and platforms, including music videos, short films, and A24’s Uncut Gems (2019). Balsar is the co-owner of production company Gummy Films, which he founded alongside What Doesn’t Float (2023) star Pauline Chalamet and former A24 production manager Rachel Walden. Their short film Lemon Tree (2023), directed by Walden and edited by Balser, premiered at the 2023 Cannes Director’s Fortnight. Balser graduated from NYC’s The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2015.

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