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Lacerate
  • 2/25/2021 1:41 PM

2020 / 16' Dir. Janis Rafa Prod. Fondazione In Between Art Film

Lacerate

Janis Rafa

Inspired by the iconography of biblical paintings and Flemish still-lifes, LACERATE reflects on the subject of domestic and gender violence by portraying the extreme decision of a woman who turns from victim into executioner.

In a series of mises-en-scène shot only in natural light, we see a domestic setting overrun by a pack of dogs that roam around restlessly, attacking objects and furniture. The interior of this home is a mental space, violated and lacerated like a body that has undergone violence. Fruit, game, and remnants of food are arranged like still lifes, with allegorical elements evoking the precariousness of life and the loss of innocence. It is a suspended, hostile ecosystem, where the brutality suffered by other species is transferred by osmosis to human beings. In the vision imagined by the artist, the hunting hounds and other dogs—which were perhaps owned by the couple and witnessed the abusive relationship over the years—have come back like ghosts from the past. Historically symbols of loyalty to their master, the dogs here rebel and become the woman's guardians, supporting and protecting her in the process of liberation from her persecutor. It is thus the irrational, animalistic part of the unconscious that has been unleashed, allowing the woman to regain control over her life and save herself. Text courtesy of Leonardo Bigazzi.Lascerate was commissioned and produced by In Between Art Film for the project Mascarilla 19 – Codes of Domestic Violence. In the vision imagined by the artist, the hunting hounds and other dogs—which were perhaps owned by the couple and witnessed the abusive relationship over the years—have come back like ghosts from the past. Historically symbols of loyalty to their master, the dogs here rebel and become the woman's guardians, supporting and protecting her in the process of liberation from her persecutor. It is thus the irrational, animalistic part of the unconscious that has been unleashed, allowing the woman to regain control over her life and save herself.

Original filmtitle: Lacerate
Director: Janis Rafa
Completion date: October 2020
Production Year: 2020
Running time (in minutes): 16
Colour / Black & White: Colour
Main Category: Experimental Film · Short
Major topic: Abuse and domestic violence · Arts and culture
Filmography director: a.o. KALA AZAR (2020, feature) Festivals and Awards: a.o. KNF Award -IFF Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films MoMA, Best Cinematography-Black Canvas CFF, Special Mention, Hong Kong IFF, Thessaloniki IFF, REQUIEM TO A FATAL INCIDENT (2015, experimental short), GRAVEDIGGERS (2014, midlength).
Main Production Company: Fondazione In Between Art Film
Main Production company person: Leonardo Bigazzi
Main Production Company Phone: +39 33 3428 5531
Main Production Company E-mail: info@inbetweenartfilm.com
Main Production Company Website: www.inbetweenartfilm.com
Festival distribution Company Name: EYE Experimental
Festival distribution Company E-mail: experimental@eyefilm.nl

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