Visiting Artist Cheryl Dunye's The Owls Makes a Hoot at International Berlin Film Festival
Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Jim Norrena
Cheryl Dunye's The Owls earns a Teddy Award at 60th International Berlin Film Festival
CCA visiting artist Cheryl Dunye's film The Owls was honored with a Teddy Award nomination at the 60th International Berlin Film Festival, which took place February 11-21 and typically attracts more than 20,000 moviegoers.
Dunye's debut feature film, The Watermelon Women, won the award in 1996.
The Owls is about "two middle-aged, lesbian couples who accidentally kill a younger lesbian and hide the body, without reporting it to the authorities. Their guilt and long-kept, dark secret comes back to haunt them, as an unexpected stranger shows up in their lives, bringing tension and discord. Little do they know that this mysterious stranger has a plan which includes all four of them." (Plot summary by Candi Guterres).
OWL, of course, stands for older, wiser lesbian. Dunye's latest thriller is made in her signature style, a mix between narrative film and documentary and stars film festival favorites Guinevere Turner, Deak Evgenikos, Cheryl Dunye, and Lisa Gornick star.