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Sundance video diary from filmmaker Desiree Akhavan

The star and writer-director of Appropriate Behaviour reveals the highs and lows of her festival experience.

Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan – touted as the next Lena Dunham – has put together a video diary for BBC Culture. In it, the bisexual Iranian-American documents her week at the Sundance Film Festival, where she premiered her debut film Appropriate Behaviour.

Featuring a young Brooklyn woman who has just been dumped by her girlfriend and is trying to rebuild her life, the movie has drawn comparisons to the TV series Girls.

Akhaven reveals her nerves before the film’s premiere at Sundance in this clip. She confesses: “I think a lot of women dream about their wedding day being the ultimate moment they’ve fantasised about – but it was definitely screening a feature film at Sundance that was my fantasy.”

Akhaven describes how she felt reading negative reviews, and her experience at the festival: “The unknown of Sundance has thrown me off my hinges.”

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