'If Beale Street Could Talk' Actress Ebony Obsidian to Star In Dutch Horror 'Swipe"

© Annapurna Pictures

© Annapurna Pictures

Actress Ebony Obsidian, who recently had a part in Barry Jenkins’ latest film, If Beale Street Could Talk, plays the lead in Dutch short dating app horror Swipe. Jefferson White (Yellowstone, The Alienist, House of Cards) will appear opposite her. The film is directed by Niels Bourgonje, and is the first fiction effort of documentary producer Steffie van Rhee (Netizens).

Swipe tells the story of a student (Obsidian) who is on her way home when she suddenly matches with a guy that she never swiped right in the first place. While on the subway, he pops up again and this time he has uploaded a new photo, showing him also on the subway. Coincidence, or is he getting closer and closer?

The project marks the 13th film for director Niels Bourgonje, whose films have screened and won awards all over the world. His latest, Skogafoss, is set in Iceland, and has been selected for more than 50 festivals and already won 15 awards. It stars Dutch Golden Calf-Winners Anneke Blok en Martijn Lakemeier and nominee Gaite Jansen. Swipe will be his second time working in the US, after his short Deserted in LA, he will shoot Swipe in NY in early March.

For Steffie van Rhee it’s the first step into narrative, coming of Netizens (Tribeca 2018), a feature documentary about online harassment and women, directed by Cynthia Lowen. She’s interested in exploring similar themes in a new format.