FRANCE/USA - 2015
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A feature-length experimental narrative film written & directed by Daviel Shy, based on the novel by Djuna Barnes.
The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920s Paris.
Arranged month by month, the story is told by three narrators: Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, and Monique Wittig. Seminal texts of these radical feminist writers were published in the 1970s, in the same decade The Ladies Almanack was reprinted for public readership. Each character is a hybrid of the historical figure and the contemporary artist who portrays her, with the exception of Hélène Cixous. Cixous portrays herself in the film, and is therefore the thread whose past catches the present in the narrative.
Our objectives are educational and utopic. The film's purpose is to engage a meaningful dialogue with the dead and to follow their example by investing in the contemporary work of our peers.
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