Director Josephine Decker will be at BFI Southbank for a special double-bill featuring her debut Butter on the Latch and her latest film, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (which screens at 6.10pm). You can find all the details here.
Josephine Decker is one of the most exciting new talents to emerge from recent American independent cinema. Fascinated with the deceptive beauty of the American pastoral landscape, Decker uses her blissful cinematic settings to delve into the mysteries of the female mind and body. We’re delighted to welcome Decker to BFI Southbank to discuss her debut features, with special guests, as the Independent Cinema Office launch a UK tour.
Sarah and Isolde are former friends who meet by chance at a music festival in the woods of Mendocino, California. Happy to be away from the urban life that has for too long defined them, in this mystical setting Sarah teaches Isolde old folk songs about myths, such as dragons that entwine themselves in women’s hair. From this point they begin to share their most intimate confidences with one another. The flow of their conversation in this female utopia is easy until Steph, a male camper, arrives. As Sarah’s attraction to him becomes apparent, her bond with Isolde unravels. Decker eschews a conventional narrative and instead creates a phantasmagoria that moves from dreamlike fantasy to improvised vérité, helped in no small part by Ashley Connor’s cinematography. The resulting film boldly invites you to ‘feel’ your way through the drama and heralds a genuinely exciting new filmmaking talent.
Here (and above) is the Independent Cinema Office trailer for tonight's double-bill.