Luna Exclusive! EIGHTH GRADE, Bo Burnham’s film about a 13-year old girl navigating friendships in the social media age, won the Audience Favourite award at Sundance London film festival.
Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus-far disastrous eighth-grade year — before she begins high school.
Eighth-grader Kayla Day always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues—feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility—but after so easily summoning this wisdom and confidence when addressing her (barely existent) audience, Kayla finds it paralyzingly difficult to apply in real situations. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the horizon—Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be.
Writer/director Bo Burnham, making his feature film debut, delivers a keenly observed and achingly funny portrait of the insecurities and absurdities of being 13 in a world where one’s private experience is lived publicly online. While Eighth Grade depicts the seeming impossibility of making it through middle school alive, it also celebrates the debut of its star, Elsie Fisher, who anchors the film with a dynamic portrayal that feels both incredibly specific and heartbreakingly universal.
“So deeply rooted in the feminine adolescent experience that it often feels as if Bo Burnham cracked open a whole mess of girls’ diaries to pen it. YOU’RE GOING TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ELSIE FISHER, THE BIG, BEATING HEART OF ‘EIGHTH GRADE.'" - Indiwire
“Eighth Grade is sheer delight - one of those extraordinary gems, a film that is overflowing with insight, wit and humanity.” - HeyUGuys.com
“Elsie Fisher is a revelation.” - Vogue
Golden Globe Nomination: Elsie Fisher, Best Actress
Winner – 2 Gotham Awards (Breakthrough Director for Bo Burnham and Breakthrough Actor for Elsie Fisher)
Winner – 1 National Board of Review Award (Best Directorial Debut for Bo Burnham and selected as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018)
Nominated – 4 Independent Spirit Awards (Best Feature, Best Female Lead for Elsie Fisher, Best First Screenplay for Bo Burnham and Best Supporting Male for Josh Hamilton)