New Black Voices • 11m
A coffee shop employee and an art gallery assistant engage in a series of awkward exchanges. Hubert Adjei-Kontoh writes, directs and stars in “At Work,” a low-key comedy and character study on Ronald, a neurotic, socially uncomfortable over-thinker involved in a one-sided infatuation. After meeting Jess and sleeping with her, Ronald thinks they should go out again sometime soon. But Jess is involved in a project where she dates new men every night for a week (“an art project?” he asks; “no, a life project,” she responds). He tries to win her over but his roundabout ramblings and general neuroses tend to repel. Meanwhile Jess tries to get in on an upcoming group art show but the curator remains dismissive of her work. That is, until he gets the wrong idea about her relationship with Ronald. Adjei-Kontoh’s film is a loose, endearingly strange watch, carried by its performers, Adjei-Kontoh himself, alongside Betsey Brown and Peter Vack, who also produced the film.