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Westworld star Tessa Thompson stunned in a black-and-white Rodarte gown for the 59th New York Film Festival premiere of her black-and-white film Passing on Sunday.

The 38-year-old LA native evoked 1930s elegance in the white silk dress featuring a plunging black-lace neckline and puffed sleeves selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah.

Hairstylist Lacy Redway coiffed Tessa’s smooth side-parted bob as she posed on the pink carpet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.  

Very fitting! Westworld star Tessa Thompson stunned in a black-and-white Rodarte gown for the 59th New York Film Festival premiere of her black-and-white film Passing on Sunday

‘It’s just such an honor to be screening it here in New York at the film festival. I feel like Harlem is sort of a character in our film, really,’ Thomson said in the NYFF Instastories.

‘So it feels just exquisite to be here in Uptown screening our film. It’s the first time the public will really see it in a theater and I’m so excited for us to premiere on Netflix as well. But I think that it’s just magic seeing things in the cinema today and do it safely.’

Director Rebecca Hall introduced the Emmy-nominated producer as ‘devastatingly brilliant’ before she joined cast and crew onstage for a Q&A. 

In Passing – based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella – Tessa plays Irene ‘Reenie’ Redfield, who reunites with her fellow mixed race childhood friend Clare Bellew (Ruth Negga). 

Retro: The 38-year-old LA native evoked 1930s elegance in the white silk dress featuring a plunging black-lace neckline and puffed sleeves selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah

Retro: The 38-year-old LA native evoked 1930s elegance in the white silk dress featuring a plunging black-lace neckline and puffed sleeves selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah

Retro: The 38-year-old LA native evoked 1930s elegance in the white silk dress featuring a plunging black-lace neckline and puffed sleeves selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah

Ready for her close-up! Hairstylist Lacy Redway coiffed Tessa's smooth side-parted bob as she posed on the pink carpet at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall

Ready for her close-up! Hairstylist Lacy Redway coiffed Tessa's smooth side-parted bob as she posed on the pink carpet at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall

Ready for her close-up! Hairstylist Lacy Redway coiffed Tessa’s smooth side-parted bob as she posed on the pink carpet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall

Thomson said in the NYFF Instastories: 'It's just such an honor to be screening it here in New York at the film festival. I feel like Harlem is sort of a character in our film, really. So it feels just exquisite to be here in Uptown screening our film. It's the first time the public will really see it in a theater and I'm so excited for us to premiere on Netflix as well. But I think that it's just magic seeing things in the cinema today and do it safely'

Thomson said in the NYFF Instastories: 'It's just such an honor to be screening it here in New York at the film festival. I feel like Harlem is sort of a character in our film, really. So it feels just exquisite to be here in Uptown screening our film. It's the first time the public will really see it in a theater and I'm so excited for us to premiere on Netflix as well. But I think that it's just magic seeing things in the cinema today and do it safely'

Thomson said in the NYFF Instastories: ‘It’s just such an honor to be screening it here in New York at the film festival. I feel like Harlem is sort of a character in our film, really. So it feels just exquisite to be here in Uptown screening our film. It’s the first time the public will really see it in a theater and I’m so excited for us to premiere on Netflix as well. But I think that it’s just magic seeing things in the cinema today and do it safely’

Group portrait: Director Rebecca Hall (4-R) introduced the Emmy-nominated producer (3-R) as 'devastatingly brilliant' before she joined cast and crew onstage for a Q&A

Group portrait: Director Rebecca Hall (4-R) introduced the Emmy-nominated producer (3-R) as 'devastatingly brilliant' before she joined cast and crew onstage for a Q&A

Group portrait: Director Rebecca Hall (4-R) introduced the Emmy-nominated producer (3-R) as ‘devastatingly brilliant’ before she joined cast and crew onstage for a Q&A

The British 39-year-old received a $15M deal from Netflix to stream her directorial debut on November 10 after it hits US theaters on October 27.

The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds an impressive 86% critic approval rating (out of 83 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

Thompson – who’s of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent – also happened to turn 38 on Sunday and she got a chocolate cake iced with ‘Viva La Libra.’ 

The Sylvie’s Love actress celebrated her birthday on Saturday night at The Jane in Manhattan’s West Village with a bevy of gal pals. 

Based on Nella Larsen's 1929 novella: In Passing, Tessa plays Irene 'Reenie' Redfield, who reunites with her fellow mixed race childhood friend Clare Bellew (L, Ruth Negga)

Based on Nella Larsen's 1929 novella: In Passing, Tessa plays Irene 'Reenie' Redfield, who reunites with her fellow mixed race childhood friend Clare Bellew (L, Ruth Negga)

Based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella: In Passing, Tessa plays Irene ‘Reenie’ Redfield, who reunites with her fellow mixed race childhood friend Clare Bellew (L, Ruth Negga)

'Nothing is black and white': The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds an impressive 86% critic approval rating (out of 83 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

'Nothing is black and white': The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds an impressive 86% critic approval rating (out of 83 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

‘Nothing is black and white’: The racially-charged, PG-13 drama currently holds an impressive 86% critic approval rating (out of 83 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

Partnership: The British 39-year-old (L) received a $15M deal from Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos (R) to stream her directorial debut on November 10 after it hits US theaters on October 27

Partnership: The British 39-year-old (L) received a $15M deal from Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos (R) to stream her directorial debut on November 10 after it hits US theaters on October 27

Partnership: The British 39-year-old (L) received a $15M deal from Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos (R) to stream her directorial debut on November 10 after it hits US theaters on October 27

At one point, a dance circle formed and Tessa showcased her moves with transgender performer and The Girlie Show star, Davon Rainey.

Thompson famously engaged in a three-way kiss with her Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi and his girlfriend Rita Ora at his Sydney home back on May 23. 

Rebecca bared her taut tummy in a cut-out black gown selected by stylist Laura Lea Jones. 

Hairstylist Charlie Taylor coiffed Hall’s pixie cut and make-up artist Matin Maulawizada applied her smoky eye. 

Yum! Thompson - who's of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent - also happened to turn 38 on Sunday and she got a chocolate cake iced with 'Viva La Libra'

Yum! Thompson - who's of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent - also happened to turn 38 on Sunday and she got a chocolate cake iced with 'Viva La Libra'

Yum! Thompson – who’s of Panamanian, Mexican, and European descent – also happened to turn 38 on Sunday and she got a chocolate cake iced with ‘Viva La Libra’ 

'Good energy, great people, and pizza!' The Sylvie's Love actress (2-L) celebrated her birthday on Saturday night at The Jane in Manhattan's West Village with a bevy of gal pals

'Good energy, great people, and pizza!' The Sylvie's Love actress (2-L) celebrated her birthday on Saturday night at The Jane in Manhattan's West Village with a bevy of gal pals

‘Good energy, great people, and pizza!’ The Sylvie’s Love actress (2-L) celebrated her birthday on Saturday night at The Jane in Manhattan’s West Village with a bevy of gal pals

At one point, a dance circle formed and Tessa showcased her moves with transgender performer and The Girlie Show star, Davon Rainey

At one point, a dance circle formed and Tessa showcased her moves with transgender performer and The Girlie Show star, Davon Rainey

Eventually, Tessa wound up on the rug with Davon resting her head in her lap

Eventually, Tessa wound up on the rug with Davon resting her head in her lap

Werrrk! At one point, a dance circle formed and Tessa showcased her moves with transgender performer and The Girlie Show star, Davon Rainey

The Godzilla vs. Kong action star was so excited to see a live audience after the deadly coronavirus pandemic shut the film industry down.

‘Wow, it’s such a relief to see people in a theater,’ Rebecca said while introducing the film. 

‘I am so grateful to everyone who made this film. It was an extraordinary labor of love. And I know that’s what everyone says in these moments, but it really was!’ 

Chic: Rebecca bared her taut tummy in a cut-out black gown selected by stylist Laura Lea Jones

Chic: Rebecca bared her taut tummy in a cut-out black gown selected by stylist Laura Lea Jones

Chic: Rebecca bared her taut tummy in a cut-out black gown selected by stylist Laura Lea Jones

At the helm! Hairstylist Charlie Taylor coiffed Hall's pixie cut and make-up artist Matin Maulawizada applied her smoky eye

At the helm! Hairstylist Charlie Taylor coiffed Hall's pixie cut and make-up artist Matin Maulawizada applied her smoky eye

At the helm! Hairstylist Charlie Taylor coiffed Hall’s pixie cut and make-up artist Matin Maulawizada applied her smoky eye

'It's such a relief to see people in a theater!' The Godzilla vs. Kong action star was so excited to see a live audience after the deadly coronavirus pandemic shut the film industry down

'It's such a relief to see people in a theater!' The Godzilla vs. Kong action star was so excited to see a live audience after the deadly coronavirus pandemic shut the film industry down

‘It’s such a relief to see people in a theater!’ The Godzilla vs. Kong action star was so excited to see a live audience after the deadly coronavirus pandemic shut the film industry down

Suited and booted: Oscar nominee Ruth Negga donned a black leather Alexander McQueen blazer dress and red Schutz booties selected by stylist Karla Welch

Suited and booted: Oscar nominee Ruth Negga donned a black leather Alexander McQueen blazer dress and red Schutz booties selected by stylist Karla Welch

Suited and booted: Oscar nominee Ruth Negga donned a black leather Alexander McQueen blazer dress and red Schutz booties selected by stylist Karla Welch

Bangin': The Ethiopian-Irish 39-year-old - whose character passes as white and has a prejudiced, wealthy white husband - had her braided updo coiffed by hairstylist Marcia Hamilton

Bangin': The Ethiopian-Irish 39-year-old - whose character passes as white and has a prejudiced, wealthy white husband - had her braided updo coiffed by hairstylist Marcia Hamilton

Bangin’: The Ethiopian-Irish 39-year-old – whose character passes as white and has a prejudiced, wealthy white husband – had her braided updo coiffed by hairstylist Marcia Hamilton

Oscar nominee Ruth Negga donned a black leather Alexander McQueen blazer dress and red Schutz booties selected by stylist Karla Welch.

The Ethiopian-Irish 39-year-old – whose character passes as white and has a prejudiced, wealthy white husband – had her braided updo coiffed by hairstylist Marcia Hamilton.

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker stepped behind the camera to produce Passing with Nina Yang Bongiovi and many, many others.  

Supportive: Oscar winner Forest Whitaker stepped behind the camera to produce Passing with Nina Yang Bongiovi (R) and many, many others

Supportive: Oscar winner Forest Whitaker stepped behind the camera to produce Passing with Nina Yang Bongiovi (R) and many, many others

Supportive: Oscar winner Forest Whitaker stepped behind the camera to produce Passing with Nina Yang Bongiovi (R) and many, many others

Independent Spirit Award winner André Holland wore an all-black suit to the premiere

Independent Spirit Award winner André Holland wore an all-black suit to the premiere

He plays Reenie's husband Brian Redfield in Passing

He plays Reenie's husband Brian Redfield in Passing

GQ smooth: Independent Spirit Award winner André Holland – who plays Reenie’s husband Brian Redfield – wore an all-black suit to the premiere

Split hems: Ashley Ware Jenkins - who plays Zulena - wore black swirly-patterned turtleneck tucked into white high-waisted pants and translucent stilettos

Split hems: Ashley Ware Jenkins - who plays Zulena - wore black swirly-patterned turtleneck tucked into white high-waisted pants and translucent stilettos

Split hems: Ashley Ware Jenkins – who plays Zulena – wore black swirly-patterned turtleneck tucked into white high-waisted pants and translucent stilettos

Weee! Amber Barbee Pickens - who choreographed and played a dancer - kicked up her Louboutin heels while clad in a painted canvas-style dress for the film festivities

Weee! Amber Barbee Pickens - who choreographed and played a dancer - kicked up her Louboutin heels while clad in a painted canvas-style dress for the film festivities

Weee! Amber Barbee Pickens – who choreographed and played a dancer – kicked up her Louboutin heels while clad in a painted canvas-style dress for the film festivities

Independent Spirit Award winner André Holland – who plays Reenie’s husband Brian Redfield – wore an all-black suit to the premiere.

Ashley Ware Jenkins – who plays Zulena – wore black swirly-patterned turtleneck tucked into white high-waisted pants and translucent stilettos.

Amber Barbee Pickens – who choreographed and played a dancer – kicked up her Louboutin heels while clad in a painted canvas-style dress for the film festivities.

Source: DUK News

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