Tuesday 20 September 2022 at 7pm
Lux Æterna, Gaspar Noé, 2019. 51m
An overloaded split-screen film about the mediated representation of women and witchcraft; a behind-the-scenes film shoot drama starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beatrice Dalle. Originally funded as a Saint Laurent ad, and now something more.
Ostensibly a behind-the-scenes drama about a director (Béatrice Dalle) preparing to film her star (Charlotte Gainsbourg) being burnt on the stake for being a witch. Yet within this framework, provocateur and arch stylist Gaspar Noé has created an essay film that mixes collages of earlier witch films with current conversations around power dynamics and control—both mediated by the interplay of fluid long takes presented in split screen and flickering psychedelic editing.
Warning! This film contains rapidly flickering, stroboscopic imagery that can induce seizures and epilepsy.
With thanks to Wild Bunch and presented in partnership with Static Vision.