What ideas do women film directors have about women’s love, desire and sexuality and how do they express these matters on the screen? How different would their films be to the existing films which put women’s bodies on display to be consumed? A director, Marie Mandy, asks these questions through images of women’s bodies on which words are written.
The leading women directors working in the world today, such as Jane Campion, Sally Potter, Agnès Varda, Catherine Breillat, Doris Dörrie, Moufida Tlatli and Deepa Mehta, discuss the difference. Taking their works as an example, as an embodiment of women’s perspective, they argue the possibility of a feminist film language and an expression of women’s desire through new images. Their dialogues about ways to express sexuality and a new sexual relationship are honest, bold and often humorous.
Female bodies in their films are not the object but the subject of desire. Showing female desire is often prohibited and films are frequently censored out of a fear of women’s spontaneous desire, Filming Desire presents the new women’s vision by bringing back these taboo images. (Nam In-young)
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Marie Mandy was born in Louvain, France, 1961 and grew up in Africa and America. She majored in Roman philology at the University of Louvain and further studied filmmaking at the London International Film School. She collaborated with Delia Shlvi in the Actor’s Studio, Jiri Menzel and Krzysztof Kieslowski. From 1993 to 1995, she was the president of ARPF and a member of the Belgium committee of SACD. She has been active as a photographer and producer.