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Double Labyrinthe

Sat Nov 17, 15:00

Film,Q+A, Hackney House, Free


dir. Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki, France 1975-76, Super 8 transferred to HD, 50 min

Katerina Thomadaki will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening panel discussion with independent researcher Cécile Chich, who has followed the artists’ work since 1986, distinguished lecturer, writer, film curator and festival producer Helen de Witt, formerly Head of Cinemas at the BFI, and Eleonora Pesci, co-curator of this screening of Double Labyrinthe.

Pioneers of French feminist cinematic avant-garde, Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki began their rebellious and most innovative exploration of the female body and identity, going by the evocative name of Cinéma corporel (Cinema of the Body), in 1975 with the film-manifesto Double Labyrinthe.

The two artists film one another in a series of performative portraits aiming at the visualisation of the subconscious through mysterious rituals, calling upon Ancient Greek and Egyptian archetypes. This mesmeric and purely feminine representation, exclusively filtered by the female gaze, not only deeply destabilises the dominant female depiction in the film medium, but also goes on to subvert the relationship between “filmer” and filmed.

As a consequence, the viewer herself – or himself – is invited to a radically unusual kind of engagement with the images. Double Labyrinthe demands to let us, the audience, be carried and transformed by its hypnotic and ritualistic series of unconventional portraits.

This screening of Double Labyrinthe is co-curated by Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest and the National Film & Television School film student programme The Pursuit of Wholeness, exploring the influences of Ancient Greek mythology and archetypes on cinematic quests for sexual and gender identity.

This event is supported by Hackney Council through its Hackney Pride 365 initiative

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