INCOHERENCE MANIFESTO: FOUR FILMS BY BERTRAND MANDICO
Dir. Bertrand Mandico
Total Run Time 62 min.
Bertrand Mandico might be one of the last great surrealist filmmakers in operation. His films occupy a unique area of the fantastic uncanny, where babies may be born encased in wooden crates, and artificial natural environments erupt into the colors and signs of deepest dreams. But the look and feel of his world is all his own. His "Incoherence Manifesto" sheds some light on a methodology which favors all manner of the unnatural and anti-real, along with all in-camera effects shot on expired film stock and a refusal of the cinematographic rationality of narrative and genre. And yet his films are far from abstract or storyless. Instead, they tell entrancing stories of twilight lives spent in pursuit of macabre marvels.
Following our screening of his unreliable biopic on Walerian Borowczyk in October, we return with four more views into his singular and ever-shifting worlds this month, each a collaboration with the ever-great Elina Löwensohn (Amateur, Sombre):
2015, Scotland / France, 13 min.
A noir: on a remote Scottish island, a mask-visaged police officer helps a mother seek a vanished teen daughter. But both mother and daughter -- or conceivably even all three principles -- are played by Löwensohn, pointing the film into an absurdist maelstrom of eyes, sex, and confused identities. Genre conventions, here, provide just enough of a spine for film to mutate at will.
Our Lady of the Hormones
AKA Notre-Dame des Hormones
2015, France, 31 min.
Two aging actresses take a long weekend in the countryside to practice their latest roles, but become side-tracked when they discover a purring oozing organ alone in the woods. This organism quickly becomes the object of their games and fascinations, and an inevitable love triangle develops. But among actresses, can even the grand guignol confrontation that awaits be taken at face value? Narrated by Michel Piccoli, whose words of explanation just add another layer to the increasing disorientation, and shot in dazzling color photography whereby every bit of artificial nature, human furniture, and deer-with-breasts explodes hallucinatorily onto the screen.
2014, Iceland / France, 10 min
Somewhere in Iceland a surrealist, colonoscopic nightclub act offers a biological portal into the past.
2014, France, 8 min
Against a stark and empty landscape a young women taunts one much older, through gorgeously overlaid 16mm film. Could these apparitions be those of memory, of her own past, or of something more arcane?
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