EIFF Recommends: Art in motion

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Few people would dismiss a good story, but artists are often at their most innovative when they include the viewer in the film process or journey and seek to find new ways to communicate. Our friends at Abandon Normal Devices, or as they prefer to be known, ‘anarchists of imagination’ seek to challenge conventional ideas about our technological, physical and social ‘reality’ by finding fresh perspectives through experimentation. Here’s just a handful of films at EIFF that we feel meet would meet AND’s approval.

L.A. Raeven – Beyond the Image
Identical twins Lisbeth and Angelique Raeven collaborate as conceptual artist L.A. Raeven. In their controversial work they use their bodies as a site of contention to challenge notions of female identity and celebrity culture. Lisa Boerstra’s documentary presents artwork alongside home movies and observational footage to capture the dynamics of their personal, artistic relationship.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
While L.A. Raeven attempt to grow apart, musician Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and artistic collaborator Lady Jaye strive to attain the same image through cosmetic surgery. This synthesis of art and life makes the couple the ideal subject for experimental filmmaker Marie Losier’s debut documentary which contrasts performance with intimate portrait.

The Zwanikkens – mother Geraldine, sons Louis and Christiaan – live in the isolated and rugged mountains of Portugal. Jarred Alterman’s absorbing film observes the artistic endeavours of the former prima ballerina and her nature-fixated sons who build sculpture from animal bones and scrap machinery. A subtle and scenic insight into three fertile imaginations. 

Life in Movement
Reputed choreographer and the Sydney Dance Company’s youngest ever director, Tanja Liedtke, died shortly after her appointment. Only 29 when her life was claimed by a road accident, this documentary combines footage of her celebrated contemporary dance and personal remembrance to reincarnate her creative spirit onscreen.

Jean Marc Calvet’s search for his abandoned son is a courageous attempt to rebuild the life he lost to drug addiction. Now a successful painter, Dominic Allan’s depiction of the reformed thief and rent boy is both an affecting story of family breakdown and a tribute to the redemptive qualities of artistic expression. 

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