A PAKISTANI-AMERICAN MUSLIM AND A MEXICAN-AMERICAN SHOPKEEPER ARE DRAWN TO EACH OTHER IN A MULTICULTURAL ROMANCE ABOUT LIFE, LOVE… AND LADY WRESTLING!
Directed by Jennifer Reeder
Written by Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato
Co-Executive Produced by Michael Shannon
OPENING IN NEW YORK CITY ON OCTOBER 13 @ VILLAGE EAST CINEMAS
One of “the 50 Most Anticipated American Films of 2017”
In Chicago, Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a thirty-something American-Pakistani lawyer who lives with and cares for her recently widowed, TV-obsessed mother (veteran Indian actress Shabana Azmi). Alma (Sari Sanchez) is a free-spirited Mexican-American bookshop owner. After meeting in a bar, the two quickly fall into bed with each other and embark on a romance…but problems aren’t far behind. Zaynab’s traditional mother still expects her daughter to marry a man, while Alma finds herself reluctant to get involved with the closeted Zaynab, leaving them at odds despite their strong attraction for each other. And then there’s Zaynab’s latest interest: training in Lucha-style wrestling with a former pro grappler!
One of the most-talked-about LGBTQ films of 2017, Signature Move is the narrative feature debut by director Jennifer Reeder after more than a decade of short films, including the Berlin International Film Festival premiere of Blood Below the Skin (2015) and A Million Miles Away (2014) which was celebrated at Sundance Film Festival. Signature Move’s rollout on the international film festival circuit over the past months has won the film the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding American Narrative Feature at L.A. Outfest and the Best Director Award for Jennifer Reeder at FilmOut San Diego.
Currently holding a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, Signature Move opened at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on September 29 and topped the specialty title box office charts, ringing up an impressive $18,935 for the weekend from a single location.