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On the occasion of the late night opening of 07.03.2018, WIELS presents a programme of short films, selected by writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus in Sophie Podolski’s honour. Writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques, known for her work on the transgender experience, will be present this evening to introduce her film.
Crime Scene (2017, 10:20) is a film noir set in wintry Tel Aviv. Writer/detective Yehouda Shenhav recites Arabic poetry and laments poet Dareen Tatour’s house arrest, while artist/femme fatale Michal Heiman plays with time.
RoboCop (2016, 11:33) is a film essay on technology and policing by the poet, black studies scholar and prison abolitionist Jackie Wang.
Wedding Loop (2017, 22:50) sees the artist Moyra Davey recounting a turbulent series of events at an operatic family gathering while interspersing notes on auto-fiction and family portraiture.
Trying to Read Madame Bovary (2017, 4:57) documents an attempt to read, with continual interruption and the eventual collapse of the child’s body upon the mother’s.
Foolproof Illusion (1986, 17:00) features performances by poet David Rattray, Suzan Cooper and Chris Kraus that probe that late-20th century fascination with the myth of modernist hero Antonin Artaud.
Transformation and Seduction (1993/2000, 4:36) is a film that Julie Becker originally made as a student at CalArts. Describing her adolescent wonder with a male voice insistent on its own authority, the film’s voyeuristic narration lapses into an elaborate expression of a young girl’s psyche.
You Will Be Free (2017, 10:15) responds to Cookie Mueller & Vittorio Scarpati's ‘Putti’s Pudding,’ a series of drawings and texts made together as the two lovers were dying from AIDS-related illnesses in 1989.
Total running time: 81:30 minutes