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서울국제여성영화제

사이트맵

Resisting Paradise

Barbara HAMMER

  • USA, France
  • 2003
  • 79min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color
  • Documentary

During World War II, southern France was an area of resistance activity and a place where artists were immersed in their art. Barbara HAMMER combines archive records and interviews to create a montage of the lives of artists, protesters, and refugees in southern France during World War II. Based on the letters exchanged between Pierre BONARD and Henri MATISSE, and the writings of Walter BENJAMIN, the era is reconstructed to tell the story of Lisa PITCO, a resistance fighter who helped BENJAMIN gain political asylum, the decendants of MATISSE, and Jewish-French immigrants. Marguerite MATISSE was arrested by the Gestapo after participating in resistance activity, but managed to escape. Through her story, a variety of historical figures are introduced to audiences. In addition to dubbed voices and re-enactments, filters are placed between the camera and the landscape, or between the camera and the archive image, creating a filmed painting of sorts. Resisting fixed imagery, the paint flows over the landscape, in a statement saying that assaults on art during this harsh period were not a form of escape, but a statement about reality. Connecting this is the gunshotlike sounds of typing during the first scene that quotes BENJAMIN. Even those not recognized as resistance fighters are included. It is an example of how effective synergy can be accomplished when the artist's experimental approach and documentary filmmaking techniques are perfectly in synch. [KIM Sohui]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
406 2019-09-02 | 11:00 - 12:19 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9
515 2019-09-03 | 17:00 - 18:19 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5

Director

  • Barbara HAMMER
    Barbara HAMMER is an internationally recognized film artist who has made 80 films/videos making a significant contribution to lesbian and gay cinema. Her experimental films of the 1970’s often dealt with taboo subjects such as menstruation, female orgasm, and lesbian sexuality. In the 80’s, she used optical printing to explore perception and the fragility of 16mm film life itself. Her documentaries tell the stories of marginalized people who have been hidden from history and are often essay films which are multileveled and engaging audiences with the goal of activating them to make social change.

Credit

  • ProducerBarbara HAMMER
  • Cast Marie-Ange RODRIQUEZ, Jacqueline CHAMBORD
  • Cinematography Barbara HAMMER
  • Editor Barbara HAMMER
  • Sound Laetitia SONAMI

WORLD SALES

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