Fantasia 2021 World Premiere: BABY, DON’T CRY

The world premiere of Jesse Dvorak’s romantic crime thriller Baby, Don’t Cry, debuting in the Underground lineup. Starring Zita Bai, Vas Provatakis, Helen Sun and Boni Mata, Baby, Don’t Cry will premiere at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival on August 11, 2021.

Baby, Don’t Cry was directed by Jesse Dvorak (Lost Angeles) from a script by Zita Bai. Baby, Don’t Cry was produced by Zeron Zhao, Qiyu Zhou, and is Executive Produced by Zita Bai.

Synopsis:  Baby, a withdrawn and sensitive 17-year-old Chinese immigrant from a troubled home, is living in the outskirts of Seattle. One day, she meets a 20-year-old delinquent named Fox. Together they embark on a twisted journey to escape their hopeless fate.

“At its core, BABY, DON’T CRY is the story about a Chinese immigrant. As such, to elevate that story I approached filming with both curiosity and sensitivity. The film’s major themes of love, coming-of-age, and family struggles are ones I believe most people can connect with. So my approach was to craft a film that took audiences on an emotional journey through the lens of a fable, while still delivering a sincere portrayal of an oppressive parent figure. My prior films dealt with teen years and themes of fear, so I was confident in my ability to give the required depth to the psychological and emotional elements in this film as accentuated by the inclusion of powerful, minimalistic shots. I carried on my personal tradition of emphasizing the characters’ worlds and environments in BABY DON’T CRY, with hopes of inspiring even greater emotional responses from the audience,” stated Dvorak.

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