Film - CineVision Competition Filmfest 2023


Directed by Elegance Bratton


Director: Elegance Bratton
Section: CineVision Competition
Country: USA
Year: 2022
Language: English
Version: Original version with German subtitles
Cast: Jeremy Pope, Gabrielle Union, Raúl Castillo, Bokeem Woodbine, McCaul Lombardi
18+ (no age rating)


Elegance Bratton's striking film about a queer US Marine Corps recruit was inspired by the director's own life story.

Ellis is a sensitive young man whose devout mother has disowned him because of his homosexuality. He sees the US military as his only path to a better life that will earn the respect and recognition of everyone, especially his mother. Instead, he finds himself immersed in a thoroughly homophobic environment and must navigate the thin line between subordination and rebellion.

Meet the director


Elegance Bratton

Elegance Bratton is an award-winning director, writer and producer. He began making films in the US Marine Corps after being homeless for a decade. Bratton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University (2014) and a Master of Fine Arts from NYU (2019). As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, he captures untold stories in order to reveal the universal power of humanity. Bratton's films have been screened at more than 200 festivals worldwide, including that Sundance Festival, Outfest, BFI, Doc NYC, and the BlackStar Film Festival. He made his television debut as the creator and executive producer of the series MY HOUSE. His documentary film, PIER KIDS, made its television and streaming debut in the United States in August 2021. THE INSPECTION had its world premiere as the opening film of the Discovery section at the Toronto International Film Festival and closed the 2022 New York Film Festival.


Screenplay: Elegance Bratton
Director of Photography: Lachlan Milne
Film Editor: Oriana Soddu
Composer: Animal Collective
Production Designer: Erik Louis Robert, Tommy Love
Costume Design: Fernando A. Rodriguez
Sound design: Coll Anderson
Make-up artist: Amanda Pepin, Natalie Young, DaRico Jackson
Casting director: Kim Coleman, C.S.A
Producer: Effie T. Brown, Chester Algernal Gordon
Production Company: A24 FILMS, GAMECHANGER FILMS
Executive producer: Kim Coleman, Nina Fialkow, Melony & Adam Lewis, David Paradice, Gabrielle Union, Holly Shakoor Fleischer
Co-Producer: Steven Fine
Co-Production Company: Freedom Principle
World Sales: A24
Distributor: X Verleih AG