Saturday, 20 July 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 215: Sat Aug 3

Flaming Ears (Angela Hans Scheirl, Ursula Pürrer, and Dietmar Schipek, 1991):
Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, 6.30pm

The weekend of feminist science fiction continues at the popular Horse Hospital arts venue.

Here is the Horse Hospital introduction: A vengeful comic book artist, a red rubber suit wearing alien and a pyromaniac performance artist play out a story of love and revenge in the lesbian populated future city of Ache. This violent and sexual anti-romantic tale takes cues from the early short films of Ursula Pürrer and Angela Hans Schier in its playfulness and provocation. Blown up from super-8, the grainy texture and saturated colours add to its DIY and experimental appeal and heighten the artificiality of this crumbling fantasy world.

“Imagine the film that J.G. Ballard might have made if he’d been born an Austrian dyke.”
B. Ruby Rich, San Francisco Weekly

Review by Marjorie Baumgarten:
Unlike little else that has come before it (except, perhaps, Lizzie Borden's 1983 gem Born in Flames), this 1991, Austrian-made, futuristic, lesbian thriller/romance/science fiction co-direction is in a league of its own. Set in the year 2700, the future portrayed here bears faint resemblance to any present we call our own. The fact that this universe is primarily comprised of lesbians is only one of the ways in which this film creates its overriding sense of unfamiliarity. Then there's the strangeness of the characters themselves, and a host of disorienting narrative and visual techniques that compel the viewer to constantly construct meanings anew. Shot in Super 8 and blown up to 16mm, the resultant graininess and threadbare aesthetics only contribute to Flaming Ears' dislocating effect. 

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