My Name Is Annemarie Schwarzenbach

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    My Name Is Annemarie Schwarzenbach

    Je suis Annemarie Schwarzenbach

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    France

    2015

    85 min

    • French

    Docufiction

    Annemarie Schwarzenbach was a shimmering figure of bohemian society of the 1920s. A talented writer, she was lesbian, addicted to drugs, a globetrotter, bewitchingly androgynous and – much to her domineering Nazi-loving mother’s chagrin – also anti-fascist. Berlin photographer Marianne Breslauer described her as the most beautiful creature she had ever encountered. Schwarzenbach died young at the age of 34. She remained forgotten until the 1980s when her books began to be republished and her biography reconstructed. Director Véronique Aubouy does more than merely save Annemarie Schwarzenbach from obscurity, she brings her into the present. Sixteen young actors of both genders slip into different roles in order to play Schwarzenbach, her friends and lovers. Increasingly fascinated by the pull of this figure, their oscillations between genders becomes a joint project. Something that begins as an audition in which the young actors are asked to attach their biographies to that of the writer, ends in a dance of relationships in which the borders between reality and dramatization are blurred.

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    Cast
    Julia Perazzini
    Nina Langensand
    Megane Ferrat
    Pauline Leprince
    Valentin Jean
    Stephen Loye
    Screenplay
    Véronique Aubouy
    Cinematography
    Hugues Gemignani
    Editing
    Colette Beltran
    Music
    François Marcelly-Fernandez
    Lam Son N’Guyen
    Sales
    OUTPLAY
    Production
    PARAISO PRODUCTION DIFFUSION
    Véronique Aubouy

    Véronique Aubouy

    France

    Born in Paris, France in 1961, her work as a filmmaker and artist, in which fiction and documentary often overlap, is imbued with literature, music, performance, photography and video art. Since 1993 she has worked on the ‘film marathon’ PROUST LU, a cinematic work which is now 120 hours in length and parts of which have been exhibited in numerous museums. Her latest film is ALBERTINE GONE (2018), which premiered at FID Marseille in 2018.

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