The Third Season of STARZ’s Acclaimed Limited Anthology Series Explores the Quantification of Desire Within the London Tech World
Premieres Sunday May 2
Starring: Julia Goldani Telles (“The Affair”)
Official Selection: SXSW
Written, Directed, and Created by
Award-Winning Filmmaker Anja Marquardt
(She’s Lost Control)
STARZ Limited series “The Girlfriend Experience” is a reimagining of Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 critically acclaimed movie of the same name and explores the relationships between exclusive escorts and their clients, for whom they provide far more than just sex. Known as GFEs, they are women who provide “The Girlfriend Experience”—emotional and sexual relationships at a very high price. The third instalment of the anthology series is set amidst the London tech scene and focuses on Iris, a neuroscience major (Julia Goldani Telles, “The Affair”). She begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience, only to find herself deep inside the uncanny valley with the relationships she creates. Iris quickly learns that her client sessions provide her with a compelling edge in the tech world and vice versa. She then begins to question whether her actions are driven by free will, or something else altogether, and heads down a deep path of exploration.
“Marquardt’s slick direction makes the thoughtful psychological studies she writes into one woman’s quest to define desire all the more intriguing.” — Indiewire
“Season 3, created, written, and directed by Anja Marquardt, is probably [the franchise’s] most conceptually bold one so far.” —The Playlist
About Anja Marquardt
Anja Marquardt is a film and television writer/director with a focus on global stories. Born and raised in Berlin when it was still a divided city, she has also lived in Spain, France, and New York City. She is currently wrapping season 3 of the anthology series “The Girlfriend Experience” for Starz, executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. Marquardt wrote and directed all ten episodes and is the season 3 creator. Her first feature film was the acclaimed She’s Lost Control, starring Brooke Bloom (Marriage Story) and Marc Menchaca (Ozark), and executive produced by Oren Moverman. The film had its World Premiere at Berlin International Film Festival where it won the CICAE Award, and also screened at SXSW and New Directors/New Films. The film garnered two Independent Spirit Award nominations in 2015 for Best First Screenplay and Best First Feature. She’s Lost Control was distributed by Visit Films in North America and internationally followed by a release on Netflix in 2016. An alumna of Berlin University of the Arts and NYU’s Graduate Film Program, Marquardt currently resides in Venice, California.