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Marie Losier at MoMA: Just a Million Dreams

From November 1 to 11, The Museum of Modern Art will be displaying a mid-career retrospective dedicated to French filmmaker Marie Losier, best known for her intimate filmed portraits of avant-garde musicians and composers such as Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad and Genesis P-Orridge.

Pushing back the frontiers of documentary filming, she grounds her creation in a constant exploration of identity and body, turning each of her works into a reflection upon the very act of performance. Each shoot is a shared experience engaging not only the participant but the filmmaker herself, and as such Losier’s work brings together intimacy and display, fanciful show and lyrical scrutiny.

This retrospective consecrates her successful implantation in the American artistic landscape, celebrating the recent addition of Losier’s films to the MoMA’s collection. A French transplant in the United States – she arrived in New York in 1994, learned to shoot 16mm with Mike Kuchar at the Millennium Film Workshop while curating screenings around town, her investigation of the porosity of gender and genre is rooted in her experience of the City, feeding on gender-bending camp and the histrionics of silent cinema. These themes are renewed in her award-winning feature debut, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2011), retracing the life, work and relationship of industrial pioneer, gender-erasing counterculture icon Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. They also underlie Losier’s anticipated second feature, Cassandro, the Exotico! (presented at the ACID section at Cannes this year) a portrait of the titular lucha libre drag icon, which opens the MoMA series in its American premiere.

As for her current film project, a collaboration with German electronic musician Felix Kubin, it will be hinted at on October 11 at MoMA PS1 with a rare performance by Kubin that Losier will stage as a live shoot, featuring a new song composed especially for the film.

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On the occasion of this retrospective, from October 30 to November 10 Anthology Film Archives will be showing selected screenings from contemporary French filmmakers in presence of Marie Losier. Sharing a procilivity for deconstructed narratives and melodramas, vivid visions, a strong use of sound and music and artificial sets and colors, these Unidentified Filmic Objects foreground a new experimental language and attend to create a kind of experimental utopia for the present.

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