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From acclaimed writer/director Janicza Bravo, Zola's stranger than fiction saga, which she first told in a now-iconic series of viral, uproarious tweets, comes to dazzling cinematic life.
Zola (newcomer Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough), who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale.
Critics are saying...
“The breakout hit at Sundance, recounting each new jaw-dropping twist with breathless excitement.” The Guardian
“Zola never lets you forget a Black woman is in charge in this wild, funny, dangerous film.” Arizona Republic
“A shockingly hilarious piece of Floridian surrealism...buckle up for the wildest road trip of your life: tantalizing, stranger-than-fiction, and riotously funny” Entertainment Weekly
“A magnetizing, rollercoaster film..a jaw-dropping tale and a hell of a good story” Esquire
“The kind of movie that feels just right for 2020/21, as chaotic as the moment we're living through” Elle
"Bravo has easily established herself as a filmmaker to watch ...lives up to the hype. An uproarious, lively road trip comedy. Star-making turn from Taylour Paige and bold, confident direction from Janicza Bravo.” Collider
“From the trippy opening scene, Zola crackles and pops off the screen” Pop Sugar
“Led by a breakout performance from Taylour Page and a scene-stealing Colman Domingo, writer/director Janicza Bravo created a funny, shocking, utterly insane Floridian nightmare with a unique vision and style” Freelance
“Fun, wild, and also very very weird. The cinematography is gorgeous. Taylour Paige is a freakin' star.” Decider
“Zola is a true document of our era, hustlers dancing as fast as they can as the ground crumbles beneath them” Vanity Fair
"A gonzo road-trip movie for the internet age” Slash film