Confessions To The Mirror

Pucill, S. 2016. Confessions To The Mirror. London Film Festival Official Selection: Premiere Screening, October 2016.

TitleConfessions To The Mirror
CreatorsPucill, S.
CollaboratorsMacLean, M.
Hart, K.
Leroy-Harris, K
Cheetham, J.
Larchbourne, L
Saint-Pe, C.
Campbell, K.
Briggs-Owen, L.
Welz, K.
Watson, F.
Description

Funded by Arts Council of England, Financial Assistance University of Westminster
Distributed by LUX (London Film Festival Premiere)

Amidst a visual extravaganza of costumes and hand-made sets, Sarah Pucill's new film Confessions To The Mirror takes its title, from the French Surrealist artist, Claude Cahun’s (1894-1954) incomplete memoir (Confidences au miroir, 1945-1954). Following Cahun’s text, the film includes Cahun’s early and later life and work including her political propaganda activity and imprisonment in Jersey with her partner Suzanne Malherbe during the Nazi occupation of the island. The tracing of a life is made conscious through the projection of images of the couples home in Jersey into a domestic London setting.

As a sequel to Pucill's previous film, Magic Mirror (16mm, b/w, 75min, 2013), Confessions To The Mirror (16m, col, 68min) continues Pucill's experiment to bring cinematic life to the photographic and written archive of Claude Cahun. In her new film Pucill animates re-stagings of Cahun’s black and white self-portrait and still–life photographs with voices from Cahun's text Confidences au miror, collaging and transposing Cahun's black and white stills and words, into colour and soundscape.

Date2016
Image creditSarah Pucill
Media typeVideo
RightsDr Sarah Pucill/Director
KeywordsClaude Cahun feminist lesbian queer Experimental Film, 16mm Surrealism
Place of publicationLondon Film Festival Official Selection: Premiere Screening, October 2016.
Close Up CInema, London, Q+A with Laura Guy, February 2017.
National Portrait Gallery, London, with exhibition on Claude Cahun, Q+A Sadie Lee March 2017.
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Art Festival, Haiwick, Schotland, March 2017.
Creteil International Women's Film Festival, Paris, March 2017.
Cinematek Oslo, "The Dream That Kicks" curated by Greg Pope, June 2017.
White Cube Bermondsey, part of "Dreamers Awake", August 2017.
Bagdam Lesbian Festival, Toulouse, April 2018.
UCL Art Museum, curated by Nina Pearlman, Q+A Maria Walsh, 2018.
BEEF Bristol, Q+A Vicky Smith, 2018.
Dortmund International Women's Film Festival, April 2019.
Web address (URL)http://www.sarahpucill.co.uk/confessions-to-the-mirror/

Related outputs

A Dialogue with the work of Claude Cahun: Between Photography and Film in Magic Mirror and Confessions to the Mirror
Pucill, S. 2020. A Dialogue with the work of Claude Cahun: Between Photography and Film in Magic Mirror and Confessions to the Mirror. in: Schmid, M. and Knowles, K. (ed.) Cinematic Intermedialities Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

Film Installation. Garden Self Portraits
Pucill, S. and Gewurtz, M. 2019. Film Installation. Garden Self Portraits. Ottawa Municipal Art Gallery

"Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror
Pucill, S. 2018. "Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror. in: Smith, V. and Hamlyn, N. (ed.) Experimental and Expanded Animation: New Perspectives and Practices Switzerland Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 231-255

The provocation of intermediality in the tableaux vivants in Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror
Pucill, S. 2017. The provocation of intermediality in the tableaux vivants in Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror . Pratschke, K. (ed.) Photofilm: Sampling the Archive. GUGA (Centre of Architecture), in co-operation with the Metropolitan University, Budapest, Hungary. 19 Sep - 19 Nov 2017

Magic Mirror
Pucill, S. 2015. Magic Mirror. The Nunnery Gallery, London

Magic mirror
Pucill, S. 2013. Magic mirror.

Phantom rhapsody
Pucill, S. 2010. Phantom rhapsody.

Fall in frame
Pucill, S. 2009. Fall in frame.

Taking my skin
Pucill, S. 2007. Taking my skin. Toronto, Canada

Blind light (2007)
Pucill, S. 2007. Blind light (2007). 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

The 'autoethnographic' in Chantal Akerman's news from home, and an analysis of almost out and stages of mourning
Pucill, S. 2006. The 'autoethnographic' in Chantal Akerman's news from home, and an analysis of almost out and stages of mourning. in: Hatfield, J. (ed.) Experimental film and video: an anthology Eastleigh, UK John Libbey. pp. 83-92

Stages of mourning
Pucill, S. 2006. Stages of mourning. 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

The question of the subject and the autobiographic in artists moving image practice
Pucill, S., Hatfield, J. and Reynolds, L. 2004. The question of the subject and the autobiographic in artists moving image practice. Filmwaves Magazine. 24 (2), pp. 5-9.

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/q12yq/confessions-to-the-mirror


Share this
Tweet
Email