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Film About a Woman Who...

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Artist: Yvonne Rainer
Programme: Film About a Woman Who...
Year: 1974
Format: DCP / Category IIB
Type: Screening
Length: 105 min.
Language: English
Audience: Everyone
Location: House 1

Film About a Woman Who...

This screening, as part of the first edition of 'Screen Encounters' at M+ Cinema, renders the visual and conceptual connections the works of Hong Kong moving image artist Yau Ching and her mentor, Yvonne Rainer.

Yvonne Rainer’s iconic Film About a Woman Who… is a meditation on ambivalence that plays with cliché and the conventions of soap opera while telling the story of a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger.

Rainer's work deeply influenced Yau Ching’s career. In Ching's words, ‘the first time I watched Film About a Woman Who...was more than thirty years ago. It opened a space for me which dismantled many preconceptions regarding movement, narrativity, realism, use of text, art and discourse, citations and characters. It was not until I became her student that I came to more fully realise the extent of the hardship and perpetual self-questioning involved in the dismantling, not to mention opening.’

Directed by Yvonne Rainer. Film About a Woman Who..., 1974. Photo: Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

Directed by Yvonne Rainer. Film About a Woman Who..., 1974. Photo: Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

About the Director

Yvonne Rainer (b. 1934, San Francisco) is an American dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker. Her work in these disciplines is regarded as experimental and ground-breaking. As a director and editor, she is known for Kristina Talking Pictures (1976), Journeys from Berlin/1971 (1980), Privilege (1990), MURDER and murder (1996).

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