CAST: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Colman Domingo DIRECTOR: Janicza Bravo IN THEATERS ONLY | CLOSES 7/15/21
"Y'all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It's kind of long but full of suspense." Thus began the odyssey of one A'Ziah King, aka ZOLA. 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 (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.
Bravo grounds her story in a vision of Florida that feels genuinely dangerous and strange in ways that only Florida can, and pulls great performances from her cast, who are all-in on this crazy vision.Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
[Zola] is an astute social satire, a hilarious crime caper, and a terrifying cautionary tale.Victor Stiff, That Shelf
With this film, slated for theatrical release this summer, [director Janizca] Bravo cements her reputation as a filmmaker to watch.Tre'vell Anderson, Xtra Magazine