Potato Dreams of America

Wes Hurley

Wes Hurley

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2021

Duration

1 h 35 mins

Language

English

Stream

Galas and Premieres

Interests

Gay

Potato Dreams of America is an unlikely autobiographical fantasia that uses magical realism and plenty of humor to honour mothers, immigrants and dreamers everywhere.

Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Lena and her gay son, Potato, escape into the fantasy world of pirated American movies. Eventually, experiencing American life through the movies is not enough and Elena signs up for a mail-order bride service in order to discover America for herself. Soon after, Lena marries the much older and very eccentric John, and she and Potato find that despite what they learned in the movies, America is full of surprises.

Closely based on writer-director Wes Hurley’s childhood, and an expansion of his 2017 short Little Potato, Potato Dreams of America is one of those stories that proves that real life is often much stranger than fiction.

Sun May 30, 8:00 PM  to June 6th, 11:59 PM (ET)
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