Category: Edition 2011


Life is not sweet for Sweetness O’Hara, 17 year-old. Her family lacks warmth, at school and on the street she is the target of aggressions. One day, when she is out riding her bike, a gang and its leader, Latonya, a notorious bruiser, beat her to the ground. Sweetness’ older sister Ola saves her. But Sweetness won’t be able to rely on Ola for much longer. At home Sweetness’ white father, Gordon, an aggressive drinker, and her black mother, Lorene, have a fight: Lorene and Ola leave home. From now on Sweetness must look after herself. With the help of local celebrity Roland she earns herself street credibility. Soon she attempts a head-on collision with Latonya and beats her rival. Sweetness becomes an increasingly loudmouthed bully. Only when her mother and sister come back, Sweetness finds out that she is now the author of the kind of aggression which used to make her own life a misery.



La vita non è dolce per Sweetness O’Hara, 17 anni. In famiglia le manca l’affetto, a scuola e in strada è bersaglio di violente aggressioni. Un giorno, mentre è in giro in bicicletta, la banda di Latonya, teppista della zona, la scaraventa a terra: Sweetness è salvata dalla sorella maggiore Ola, ma non potrà contare a lungo sul suo aiuto. Poco dopo, infatti, il padre Gordon, bianco e alcolizzato, litiga con la madre di colore, Lorene, che scappa di casa portando con sé Ola. Da quel momento Sweetness può contare solo su se stessa. Con il sostegno di Roland, una celebrità locale, si guadagna un po’ di rispetto in strada, fino ad affrontare Latonya. Sweetness batte la sua antagonista e inizia a diventare sempre più prepotente. Solo quando la madre e la sorella tornano a casa, Sweetness si rende conto di essere diventata autrice delle stesse aggressioni che le stavano rovinando la vita.


Category Official Competition
Section Generator +16
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 99'
Production Year 2011
Nationality USA
Directed by Victoria Mahoney
Screenplay Victoria Mahoney
Script Victoria Mahoney
Director of photography Reed Morano
Editor William Henry
Production Design Kelly McGehee
Costume Design Nia Hooper
Music David Wittman
Main cast Zoë Kravitz (Sweetness O'Hara)
Gabourey Sidibe (Latonya Williams)
Tim Blake Nelson (Coleman)
Tariq Trotter (Roland)
Jason Clarke (Gordon O'Hara)
Antonique Smith (Ola Katherine O’Hara)
Produced by Ged Dickersin, Diane Houslin, Victoria Mahoney, Billy Mulligan

yelling to the sky regVictoria Mahoney
Born 1966, New York. She studied Fine Art at Southampton University. She returned to New York for acting classes which led to a seat working under Shelley Winters at the Actors Studio. YELLING TO THE SKY is her debut feature as director, screenwriter and producer.


Victoria Mahoney
Nata nel 1966 a New York. Studia Belle Arti all’Università di Southampton. Torna a New York per seguire un corso di recitazione, che in seguito la porta a lavorare con Shelley Winters all’Actors Studio. YELLING TO THE SKY è il suo primo lungometraggio come regista, sceneggiatrice e produttrice.


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