Dasha Nekrasova on Her Directorial Debut The Scary of Sixty-First, Jeffrey Epstein, Psychological Horror, and New Forms

Dasha Nekrasova on Her Directorial Debut The Scary of Sixty-First, Jeffrey Epstein, Psychological Horror, and New Forms
As one half of the incendiary and oddly prescient Red Scare podcast, the Belarusian-born, New York-based actress, writer, and (now) filmmaker Dasha Nekrasova occupies––alongside co-host Anna Kachiyan––a singular place in today’s film discourse. It’s no wonder news of her directorial debut has garnered such intrigue, not least given the audacity of its subject matter.

Premiering in the ever-tasty Encounters sidebar at this year’s virtual Berlin International Film Festival, The Scary of Sixty-First (which Nekrasova co-wrote with Madeline Quinn) already boasts one of the great premises of recent years: a woman is possessed by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims after moving into a flat on the Upper East Side that was once owned by the notorious pedophile billionaire. As film, as horror, and as provocation, it does not flatter to deceive. On a Zoom call from New York ahead of the film’s premiere, Nekrasova
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