1890s America. Women's pro cycling is massively popular, with six day races drawing 10,000 spectators a night. Everyone wants to see the queens of steel battle it out. Out of the blue, a smear campaign successfully manages to get women's track racing banned across USA. The ban will remain in place until 1958. What will the pros do? There really only is one option for someone who has tasted the thrill of pro racing: to go underground.
The illustrious life of Dora Gordine (1895-1991) – sculptor, designer, and an international woman of mystery.
Dora Gordine was at the top of her game for 20-30 years. Dig out any book or review on art from the 1920s–1940s and she is everywhere – "the girl wonder," "the finest female sculptor of our times." What happened?
Unlike Rothko or Basquiat, Gordine failed to exit in a shocking, memorable way. She outlived all of her contemporaries and became irrelevant. She was no longer included among the living, or the dead. Even the people whom she had sculpted, at the time the crème de la crème of society, had been dethroned; the zeitgeist had moved on, even though the fat lady had not yet sung.
This twilight zone lasted until early 2000s, when her works were gradually rediscovered (Sir Anthony Caro citing her as one of his main influences). Over 20 years, the researchers of her house museum have been trying to piece together the chapters of Dora's intricately woven, remarkably international life.
What emerges is a portrait of an astute businesswoman, cleverly planning her career across three continents and six decades, in a field almost entirely reserved for men.
I find her an irresistible subject, if difficult to decipher. For seven years I have been on her trail, trying to figure out the reasons behind her actions, trying to tap into her zeitgeist and make sense of her place in the art world.
But most of all, I've gone on this journey because I believe strongly that it is our duty to write her back into the very apex of art history, where she truly belongs.
A black comedy about a man who hopes to make a fortune by setting up a suicide bureau in a stir-crazy arctic town. Naturally, he wouldn’t be selling just any old suicides but completely original, out-of-the-ordinary ways of departing. In no time at all, everyone in the weird town wants to procure a suicide. However, just as he gets ready to “execute” his biggest deal, he experiences a change of heart…
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Nevada City Film Festival (USA 2005) Official selection – short film competition
Santiago International Short Film Festival (Chile 2005) Black Comedy selection
Haapsalu Õudusfilmide Festival (Estonia 2006) Official selection – Short Film Competition
Boston Motion Picture Awards (USA 2006) Finalist – 2005-2006 International Short Film Competition
Warrington Film Festival (UK 2006) Official selection – short film competition
Beverly Hills Film Festival (USA 2006) Official selection – short film competition
Corta! International Short Film Festival (Portugal 2006) Official selection – short film competition
Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania 2006) Official selection – Shadows short film competition
Venice International Short Film Festival (Italy 2006) Official selection – International competition
FilmFest Eberswalde (Germany 2006) Official selection – short film competition
Media Directions (UK 2006) Winner – Emerging Female Filmmakers’ Competition
Paris Tout Court (France 2007) Official selection – International competition
Ebensee Festival der Nationen (Austria 2007) Winner – Golden Bear award