Episode 17: Tessa Thompson

In this episode Cat and Rosa highlight the one and only Tessa Thompson. They discuss her work on three films and ending with our newly revamped Latinx Lens Recommends.

Sorry to Bother You (2018) Set in an alternate present day version of Oakland, where telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed. Thompson portrays Detroit, Cassius’ romantic interest. 

Annihilation (2018) A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply. Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside area X, a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and sanity. Tessa plays Josie, a physicist, and although her role isn’t grand her performance certainly is memorable.  

Sylvie’s Love (2020) When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father’s record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success. Thompson stars alongside Nnamdi Asomugha as the delightful Sylvie.

For Latinx Lens Recommends we look at La Historia Oficial “The Official Story” (1985). An upper-class Argentinian woman begins to suspect that the daughter she and her husband have adopted may be one of the children of the purged political of the ruling junta. The first Latin American film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign picture.