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Marie Losier at MoMA: Just a Million Dreams

From November 1 to November 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 the boundaries 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, learning 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 experiences with 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 and 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, opens the MoMA series in its American premiere.

On November 11 at MoMA PS1, her current film project, a collaboration with German electronic musician Felix Kubin, will be previewed 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 works from contemporary French filmmakers in the presence of Marie Losier. Sharing a fondness 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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On November 9, Metrograph organizes a special event with Marie Losier with a selection of rare and little-known gems from her favorite filmmakers and friends.

"Between owls and dogs, masters and owners, ice cream and lipsticks, between sleep and disco, archives and surprises, celluloid and colors: an evening of pure celebration and joy, pure laughter and marvels. Coming back to NYC is a celebration and showing films is a way to celebrate and share with my NY family of friends and cinephiles."— Marie Losier

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