Pendular

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Pendular

Directed by Julia Murat

  • Argentina, Brazil, France 2017; 105 min
  • Original version: Portuguese
  • Genre: Drama
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Berlinale Panorama

Synopsis

A young couple settles down in a large abandoned industrial warehouse. An orange strip, glued to the floor, partitions the area in two equal portions: to the right, his sculpture atelier; to the left, her dance studio. PENDULAR takes place in this setting, where art, performances and intimacy mingle together; and where the characters slowly lose their capacity of distinguishing between their artistic projects, their past and their romantic relationship.

Director's Statement

The first inspiration for the film came from the performance Rest Energy, created by Marina Abramovic and her partner Ulay in 1980. Marina’s works often involve severe tests of endurance while exploring human bonds and behavior. In Rest Energy they held a taut bow with an arrow pointing at Abramovic’s heart, with only the weight of their bodies sustaining the tension. As she remembers: “Rest Energy was one of the most difficult pieces in my entire life as a performance artist, because in this piece I was not in charge. It was a performance about complete and total trust, where I could actually die”. Pendular’s leitmotiv is an enactment of the extreme levels of trust and vulnerability inherent in any deep relationship.

Production

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International Sales

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    Pierre Menahem