Ingeborg Bachmann encounters Paul Celan in post-war Vienna. Europe is reconstructing a spiritual community after the traumas of the war and a story of love and hate, strong emotions and intense poetic and intellectual exchanges, attraction and fear, is told through the letters which the two exchanged until Celan’s death. Two young actors gradually give a voice and a form to these letters and this love.
Philosopher, feminist, the author of the Cyborg Manifesto, Donna Haraway is also a fantastic narrator who uses words to create worlds populated by fantastic creatures whose relationships and affective relations go beyond the binary concepts male/female, culture/nature and mind/body, to enter a world where the distinction between reality, fiction and science fiction has lost all meaning.
“Enveloped in her iridescent skin, the Lady of Provocative Embraces has closed her eyes. Between the heavy eyelids of a worldly-wise pleasure-seeker filters the spark of a gaze that is eternally armed with seduction” (Jean Painlevé).
Thérèse Clerc was a mother, a wife, an activist, a feminist, a lesbian, a tireless fighter. After contracting an incurable disease, she decides to ask Sébastien Lifschitz and his movie camera to accompany her until the end. A testament full of life and trust in the power of love, politics and relationships.
Through 60 hours of tape recordings found on eBay, the director reconstructs an adulterous relationship between a man and a woman in 1960s America. Tender, erotic, sometimes pathetic, this film-collage lets the spectator into a zone in which complicity alternates with voyeurism, in a ménage à trois with the tape recorder.
An apartment building in Lisbon’s Bairro das Colónias, a mother and a daughter, the aerial roots of a tropical plant which dangle down the stairwell from the top floor. Fatumata and Aissato talk, converse; the daughter translates the mother’s language and interprets conversations about love and happiness. And from the fifth floor, where Luciana lives, the roots hang down to the third floor, where the women, originally from Guinea Bissau, live, and invade the screen, weaving a fabric of memories and hopes.
A story of Marxist love which questions whether couples might be a form of resistance. Special guests: Occupy, Pussy Riot, a running goat, two poodles, an army of street protestors, Mos Def, Frankenstein and a first kiss at the movies.