16mm, 13 min, 2004
Distributed by G6 Pictures (preview available by request)

still from hand-some by Giovanna Chesler

still from hand-some by Giovanna Chesler


As a lesbian relationship falls apart, this docu-failure, unravels.

Part of a series on beauty, this film begins as an exploration of beauty and sexuality. Giovanna travels to North Carolina to film a lesbian couple moving in together. Once the filmmaker arrives, however, the relationship falls apart. As she keeps filming, the movie becomes a documentary less about this relationship and more about the conflict between art and respect for personal privacy.


Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
Giovanna Chesler


Suns Cinema, Washington DC - March 2018
Herland Feminist Film Festival, Alberta Canada - May 2006
Film Out San Diego – April 2005
British Film Institute Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, London – March/April 2005
Mix Brazil Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, November - December 2004
Out on Film, Atlanta, November 2004
Media Arts Center San Diego – October 2004
Larzish, International Film Festival of Sexuality & Gender Plurality, Bombay – Sept 2004
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – August 2004
Outfest Los Angeles – July 2004
Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – July 2004
Frameline – San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – June 2004
New Fest, New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - June 2004
Provincetown International Film and Video Festival – June 2004
Inside Out, Toronto Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival – May 2004
Comm Wild Department Showcase, UCSD Dept. of Communication - April 2004
Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago, Illinois - March 2004
STRAY, UCSD, work in progress presentation – Fall 2003