A new film by director Patrick Pearse, which premiered at Palais de Tokyo in Paris last month, will host a free screening at The Guggenheim in New York on 24 October.
The Misfortunes of François Jane follows the protagonist François as his desire for a woman named Charlotte becomes obsessive and dark, with both characters living delusional and destructive lives. The film’s art direction is akin to a series of photographic tableaux, beautifully shot in locations around Paris. and eerily still, backed by a strangely haunting soundtrack by Graz Mulcahy.
Australian-born, Paris-based director Patrick wished to “humanise” Paris as a backdrop, aligning his film both with experimental cinema and contemporary art. “Charles Baudelaire and Anis Mojgani were both inspirational. Their habit of characterising objects and landscapes with no heartbeat then using poetry to give them life inspired me to render Paris in the film as an exaggerated living character.
“I was going for a blank canvas look in the production design. I wanted to blur the boundaries between Francois Jane’s ideal world and his reality. This took us a few steps into the surreal. We erased digitally in post-production all pedestrian and vehicular traffic in Paris.”
The film will screen on 24 October at The Guggenheim, New York, followed by a live performance by composer Graz Mulcahy. All guests will receive a copy of the soundtrack vinyl and zine. To attend the free screening RSVP here.
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