Four Films by Janicza Bravo

Four Films by Janicza Bravo

5 Episodes

The director of the audacious festival hit LEMON and the highly anticipated ZOLA, Janicza Bravo cultivates the unsettling, the absurd, and the hilariously warped. This selection of four of her brilliantly outré shorts—including the award-winning dark comedy GREGORY GO BOOM, starring Michael Cera—showcases the singular, gonzo sensibility that has made her one of American independent cinema’s most exciting voices. Centered around terminally awkward misfits so cringe-inducing that you can’t look away, Bravo’s surreal, stylistically brash films are by turns bleak and bitingly funny commentaries on loneliness, privilege, and the search for human connection.

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Four Films by Janicza Bravo
  • Janicza Bravo Interview

    Episode 1

    The following conversation between director Janicza Bravo and Sam Fragoso, host of the podcast “Talk Easy,” was recorded in 2020.

  • Gregory Go Boom

    Episode 2

    Directed by Janicza Bravo • 2013 • United States
    Starring Michael Cera, Sarah Burns, Brett Gelman

    An awkward, paraplegic man (Michael Cera) goes looking for love in this daringly oddball comic nightmare, winner of the Sundance short-film jury prize.

  • Pauline Alone

    Episode 3

    Directed by Janicza Bravo • 2014 • United States
    Starring Gaby Hoffmann, Jason Lew, Megan Mullally

    A desperately lonely woman (Gaby Hoffmann) tries—and fails spectacularly—to make friends.

  • Woman in Deep

    Episode 4

    Directed by Janicza Bravo • 2016 • United States
    Starring Alison Pill, Joshua Leonard, Anthony Carrigan

    It’s an unhappy birthday for a woman (Alison Pill) whose mental disintegration begins when she misplaces her phone.

  • Man Rots from the Head

    Episode 5

    Directed by Janicza Bravo • 2017 • United States
    Starring Michael Cera, Alex Borstein, Michael McMillian

    In this surrealist noir, a traveling knife salesman (Michael Cera) discovers something sinister behind every door.