Cinema Sunset presents: ‘Not She’ and ‘A Woman Under the Influence’

A Womand Under the Influence (John Cassavetes) and Not She (Ine Lamers)

A screening of two films on the construction of female identity in cinema. Introduction by Ine Lamers.

A Woman under the Influence
Release: 1974
Director: John Cassavetes, ft Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk
Runtime: 155 min.

Not She
Release: 2005
Director: Ine Lamers, ft Thekla Reuten
Runtime: 45 min.
Runtime total programme: (including short break): 220 mins

In Not She, an actress in an abandoned film set (Thekla Reuten playing Mimi), identifies herself with three female screen characters from films from the 60s. By reenacting scenes and mimicking the acting, she respectively turns into the sensible Mabel from Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence, the unstable Giuliani from Antonioni’s Red Desert, and the rather mystical A. from Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad. By deconstructing these impalpable female screen parts, and presenting women on the edge, Not She reflects on the formation of identity. At the same time the work poses questions about processes of identification and about the role cinema plays in our understanding of our ‘self’.

In December’s cinema, Ine Lamers will show both her work Not She and one of the films of her inspiration A Woman Under the Influence by John Cassavetes. Cassavetes (1929-1989), often called the founder of American independent cinema, is well known for his documentary style of filming to accommodate the spontaneity and improvisations of his actors. A Woman under the Influence is a deeply psychological drama revolving around the sensible housewife Mabel (played by Gena Rowlands, Cassavetes wife). Her mind is consumed with gaining acceptance by her surroundings and with fusing. Slowly her ability to keep up with normal everyday situations reaches full capacity. In A Woman under the Influence, Cassavetes intimately portrays a woman that can be called strong and fragile at the same time and in being so confuses her surroundings.

Side information:
From November 22nd until January 6th Lantaren/Venster shows a
retrospective of John Cassavetes.

Practical information:

Tuesday 15 December | A Women Under the Influence and Not She introduced by Ine Lamers
19:00 | Project space | Bree 93B |Rotterdam
Contact: margo.onnes [at] gmail [dot] com

Due to the longer programme, the starting time is 19:00.

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