Paris is the site of two films that explore love and alienation in the late 20th century in this screening, bringing together Marguerite Duras’ Les Mains négatives (Negative Hands) (1978) and Marie-Claude Treilhou’s Simone Barbès ou la vertu (Simone Barbès or Virtue) (1980).
From Paris’ Bastille to the Champs-Élysées, in Marguerite Duras’ short film Les Mains négatives we travel the empty streets at dawn in a continuous shot. Meditating on love and loss and far off places, Duras’ voiceover populates the scene as the city wakes, transitioning from night to day.
Marie-Claude Treilhou’s first feature film as director, Simone Barbès ou la vertu follows Simone, the title’s namesake, in this three-scene, newly restored and underseen classic of 1980s French cinema. From a Parisian porno theatre to a lesbian nightclub to a slow ride home with a stranger, the film in one night captures a microcosm of love and sex, distance and intimacy and the roles we play to navigate between them.
A specially commissioned essay by Eileen Myles accompanies this screening.
Wed, 26 Jan 2022
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