Arnarstrapi, Iceland. In a Cabaret, a woman master of ceremonies performs an esoteric coloscopy act with a strange organic camera.
With its retro-aesthetic and Satanic style-to-burn, this is another of Bertrand Mandico’s glorious nasties, a pulpy short film straight out of hell. Demented, demonic, disturbing, dangerous… don’t try this at home!
An experimental anal play with the director's unique sense of aesthetics: this is not your regular cabaret. The sound treatment is a plus and I just love how Mandico works Elina Löwensohn - she melts into his hands and becomes a fiery persona. More of this into cinema's library, please.
Generally, you wouldn't expect a film starring Elina Löwensohn - as a Borowczyk-esque cabaret star - with Guy Maddin-y bits in the middle (the film's middle; her middle had, uh, different bits), and a weirdly Daisies-like end, to be so... irritating. Shoddy work. It's too bad...
Incredible and dreamy, a strange mix of surrealism, dark humour, and macabre. Interesting visual style and mood. This is something different and unique - it took me by surprise, and I feel it was well worth investing the 10 minutes the film requires.
A slight but rather gorgeously composed short of internal cosmic exploration, with a fittingly intestinal look to it. It nails all its reference points, but short on significance. Elina was playing the Earth? Umm okay.
Si David Lynch et Guy Maddin s'étaient associés pour répondre à une commande de film érotique dans les années 1970, le résultat n'aurait sans doute pas été très loin de ce "prehistoric cabaret"! C'est trippant, c'est plein d'humour grotesque et absurde, c'est juste long comme il faut. Bref, j'ai été emballé! J'espère que les autres opus de la rétrospective seront tous de cet acabit.