Funny Face

What does romance look like in times of housing insecurity and shocking, widening wealth gaps? In a Brooklyn threatened by disfigurement as a result of real estate speculation, two young people meet in a late-night bodega. Saul and Zama are two orphans of unchecked capitalism brought together by circumstance, who thrive in spite of their differences and bring each other solace. Meanwhile, up in his ivory tower, the rich man responsible for their predicament struggles to find reasons to smile. This film takes a central, complex social issue – urban development and gentrification – and turns it into a universal metaphor for survival in times of displacement. Director Tim Sutton delicately explores how, in today’s “real” world, being a superhero means being able to recognise beauty and how, if it is truly impossible to defeat the oppressive greed of the powerful, we can at least help each other to survive it. In this way Funny Face is, without doubt, a very modern romantic tale.
by Tim Sutton
with Cosmo Jarvis, Dela Meskienyar, Jonny Lee Miller, Victor Garber, Jeremy Bobb, Rhea Pearlman, Dan Hedaya
USA 2019 English 95’ Colour World premiere


  • Cosmo Jarvis (Saul)
  • Dela Meskienyar (Zama)
  • Jonny Lee Miller (Developer)
  • Victor Garber (Developer's Father)
  • Jeremy Bobb (American Suit)
  • Rhea Pearlman (Fernie)
  • Dan Hedaya (Benj)


Written and Directed byTim Sutton
CinematographyLucas Gath
EditingKate Abernathy
MusicPhil Mossman
Sound DesignEli Cohn
Production DesignAlan Lampert
CostumesLizzie Donelan
Make-UpHolly Corsano
Assistant DirectorMary Kerrigan
CastingAllison Twardziak
ProducersAndrew Morrison, Alexandra Byer, Madeleine Askwith
Executive ProducersMark Lampert, Oscar S. Schafer
Co-Executive ProducersAndres Figueredo, Juan Carlos Figueredo

Tim Sutton

The director and screenwriter made his debut feature film Pavilion in 2012. He developed his second feature, Memphis, as part of the Venice Biennale College Cinema workshop in 2013; his third, Dark Night, was loosely based on the Aurora Cineplex massacre and screened at Venice and Toronto. His film Donnybrook, produced by David Lancaster (Drive, Whiplash) and starring Jamie Bell, also premiered at Toronto. Sutton lives with his wife and two sons in Brooklyn, New York.


2012 Pavilion 2013 Memphis 2016 Dark Night 2018 Donnybrook 2019 Funny Face

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020