Port Authority – Gender Story
Danielle Lessovitz’ first feature film, Port Authority, depicts the rebirth
of the New York Voguing scene, thirty years after Madonna’s hit.
We met the transgenre star Leyna Bloom.
By Jacques Braunstein
Picture by Thierry Lebraly
Reading time 4 min.
A touching and brilliant indie UFO, Port Authority is almost a documentary about the ballroom scene in New York and voguing LGBTQ+ dancers, weaved into a very SundanceFestival kind of social drama following the path of 99 Home. Danielle Lessovitz’ first feature film, a rich and well written story, was presented in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard competition. The movie features Fionn Whitehead, a British actor discovered in Dunkerk, as a young man lost in New York.
There, he meets McCaul Lombardi, a start in-the-making of indie cinema —We the Coyotes, American Honey, Sollers Point — who plays the leader of a network of young marginals organizing evictions. He also falls in love with Leyna Bloom, transgender actress and model, whom we met in Cannes. She explained to us that « New York was the perfect place to shoot the movie, as we see a lot of different people, with varied ways of living. On my part, it was vital to have places where anyone can express themselves. And the movie precisely gives a voice to characters that any viewer can identify with. It celebrates diversity and brings together the audience. »