The cinema of controversial French writer and filmmaker Catherine Breillat explores sexuality and gender politics in ways no other (male) director has ever done. We believe her work is ripe for reappraisal and so we are very proud to present a double bill of two of her most intimately linked works. Existential dread, Rocco Siffredi, unsimulated sex… Pornography and Art might not be so far apart after all.
Adapted from Breillat’s novel “Pornocracy”, Anatomy of Hell follows a woman (Amira Casar) who meets a man (Rocco Siffredi) in a gay disco and hires him for four consecutive nights, asking him to “watch me where I am unwatchable.”
Twelve-year-old overweight Anaïs lives in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Elena. The ever observant Anaïs watches on as her sister’s innocence is stripped away when she becomes prey to a conniving Italian law student.
Reluctantly, a sulky adolescent returns to her parents’ house for yet another boring summer vacation, dabbling in desire and the art of desirability, eventually mixing reality with vision, caged fantasies with the fierce female sexuality.