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LSFF x Zodiac Film Club present a series of phantasmagorical films at ICA (30 & 31 JUL 2022)

LSFF teams up with Zodiac Film Club to present a series of phantasmagorical films venturing into the furthest realms of dreams, magic and surreal landscapes, supported by BFI Film Feels: Curious, a summer-long nationwide season supported by National Lottery.

Submitted by LSFF

This genre-spanning selection of shorts by filmmakers from across the globe features sensory explorations of metaphysical dream worlds, dark fantasies and the materiality of crystals, glass, glitter as the elements that create visual magic and wonderment. This indulgent visual feast plays upon elements of traditional surrealist cinema, the gothic, Soviet fairytale films, half-remembered childhood oddities and psychedelic curiosities, merging stories of transfiguration, dressing-up and glittering flights of fancy into a dreamlike succession of images – from the sickly-sweet to the subversive.

Programme:

  • Something Between Us, dir. Jodie Mack, USA 2015, 10 min.
  • Puce Moment, dir. Kenneth Anger, USA 1949, 7 min.
  • Possibly in Michigan, dir. Cecelia Condit, USA 1983, 12 min.
  • Mount Song, dir. Shambhavi Kaul, USA 2016, 9min
  • Any Virgin Left Alive?, dir. Bertrand Mandico, France 2015, 8 min.
  • The Black Dog, dir. Alison de Vere, UK 1987, 18 min.
  • Hatsukoi (First Love), dir. Mari Terashima, Japan 1989, 21 min.

The screening will be introduced by Dr Felicity Gee, Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema at the University of Exeter and the author of Magic Realism, World Cinema and the Avant-Garde.

Jacques Rivette’s biggest hit is an exhilarating combination of theatricality, paranoia and la vie parisienne, all wrapped up in an extended and entrancing examination of the nature of filmmaking and film-watching.

Céline (Juliet Berto), a magician, and Julie (Dominique Labourier), a librarian, meet in Montmartre and wind up sharing the same flat, bed, fiancé, clothes, identity and imagination. Thanks to a magic sweet, they soon find themselves spectators and then participants in a Henry James-inspired ‘film-within-a-film’ – an unfolding melodrama in a mysterious suburban house populated by the ‘Phantom Ladies Over Paris’ (Bulle Ogier and Marie-France Pisier), a sinister man (Barbet Schroeder) and his child.

Acknowledged by director Susan Seidelman as a huge influence on Desperately Seeking Susan, Céline and Julie Go Boating has a freewheeling, playful spirit that never tires.

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