Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Jawline (2020)

No movie this year has made a more powerful argument for unplugging than Jawline, a disturbing, darkly hilarious documentary on live-broadcasting influencers. In this market, aspiring teenage social-media stars chase fame while their followers seek a shoulder to lean on –. Adults circle, ready to exploit any profits.

The director Liza Mandelup’s entry point into this world is a young man from Tennessee: Austyn Tester, who was 16 at the start of filming. Coiffed like Justin Bieber (they all seem to be), he logs on to the website YouNow and, in video chats, encourages members of his virtual claque – mostly adolescent girls – to pursue their dreams.

As a contrast to Austyn’s ingenuousness, Mandelup offers Michael Weist, a manager in Los Angeles who scarcely looks older than his teenage clients.

His is just one of the many flavors of self-delusion captured in the film, which has an empathetic streak, as cruel as a description may make it sound. Here is an economy in which follower counts are equated with success, remote online interlocutors are perceived as friends and staring at computers substitutes for living.

Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

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Film Title : Jawline
Language : englanti
Director : Liza Mandelup
Year : 2019
Length : 93
Age limit : K7
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Noah Collier
Editing : Alex O’Flinn
Music : Palmbomen II
Producer : Hannah Reyer
Production Company : Caviar

Screenings :
Wed 29.1. at 16.30, Kinopalatsi 7
Sat 1.2. at 21.30, Kinopalatsi 2
Sun 2.2. at 14.45, Kinopalatsi 7