Aurélia Steiner (Vancouver) France | 1979 | b&w | 48 mins | dir. Marguerite Duras
Aurélia Steiner (Melbourne) France | 1979 | col | 27 mins | dir. Marguerite Duras
Marguerite Duras is known best as a pillar of modernist French writing. But she also made distinctive experimental films, notably India Song in 1975, in which she detaches a voiced text from image, an effect that makes for a prayerful, meditative mood. She uses the same process in these two Aurelia Steiner films, blending her words to the images photographed by Pierre Lhomme, casting incantatory spell, in which we experience a state of waking dream.
Followed by a Q&A with Jonathan Whitehall & Sophie Mayer
Jonathan Whitehall is an artist whose practice explores temporality and desire. He completed his PhD by practice at the Royal College of Art, writing on the work of Duras; his article L’Image menaceé: Trois moments d’ Aurélia Steiner, was published in Photographies (Routledge). Working principally with video, drawing and photography, Whitehall’s work is informed by psychoanalytical theories of fantasy and subjectivity. He has exhibited internationally, most recently in /seconds, at Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah. His most recent publication is a collaboration with the artist Peter Fillingham, co-writing an article entitled Beyond Language: At the Seams of Seduction, in Derek Jarman Super 8, Ed. James Mackay, (Thames and Hudson). He currently teaches on the BA Fine Art, at Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University.
Sophie Mayer is the author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower, 2009) and Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (IB Tauris, 2015), as well as several collections of poetry. She is currently a lecturer in Film Studies at Queen Mary University London, a member of queer feminist film curators Club des Femmes, and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and The F-Word.
Ciné Lumière is delighted to partner with cinema collective A Nos Amours for this special screening.