For the release of issue No. 2 of the magazine Les saisons, une part discrète du film, we are organizing a 16 mm screening of a series of films (2007-2011) by João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva and of Event for a Stage (2014) by Tacita Dean - artists and filmmakers that we publish in this issue alongside Deborah Stratman, Lav Diaz, Mauricio Freyre and Margaret Tait.
"Barbara Hammer paints a colorful portrait of the American poet Elizabeth Bishop, from her childhood to her death in 1979. Bishop described herself as “timorously kicking around the coastlines of the world,” and the film is loosely organized around her stays in Nova Scotia, Key West, Brazil, and Cambridge—the homes she made for herself and the lovers she took. Never “out” as a lesbian—the concept would have been foreign to the writer who graduated from Vassar in the thirties—Bishop nonetheless actively pursued women, from her first summer-camp crush to her last affair. Hammer examines Bishop from all angles, interviewing everyone from literary luminaries like Marie-Claire Blais and Edmund White to Lota’s aged former maid. Hammer pulls the viewer into Bishop’s world, blending present day footage of each location with archival photos, and recreating moments in the writer’s life." Adapted from text by Monica Nolan (Frameline)
Collectif Jeune Cinéma joins the Festival du film de Fesses and Festival Loud and Proud to present two new selections of short films from What's Your Flavor?, a call for experimental films dedicated to queer culture and launched in early 2015 by five programmers. Xpanded Bodies is a programme of films addressing sexuality from contemporary issues incarnated in poetic, political, erotic-pornographic proposals... Each of them is a new invitation to explore the body in the digital era.