Choreographer and filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall’s remarkable feature film debut explores gender issues and questions role patterns. Rowlson-Hall plays the leading role in her modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage. In a visual language full of dance and movement, her journey crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest. Rowlson-Hall was present for a Q&A session, moderated by former IFFR-director Rutger Wolfson.
Gender Swap Machine
For the duration of IFFR the foyer of Het Nieuwe Instituut is hosting the installation gender.net with the Gender Swap Machine, and a selection of videos about gender fluidity. IFFR director Bero Beyer will open this installation.
What would it be like in someone else’s body? The Gender Swap Machine installation provides a unique virtual-reality experience questioning gender identity and intimacy. The installated can be visited daily in Het Nieuwe Instituut during opening hours.
On Thursday 28 January 19:00 – 20:00 and Saturday 30 January 2016 14:00 – 17:00 there will be live performances at the Gender Swap Machine.
Celia Rowlson-Hall began her career as a professional dancer and quickly developed as a choreographer for film and television. In recent years she has made more than fifty short films, which have been shown at festivals including South by Southwest and have garnered several prizes and nominations, including an Emmy nomination. She plays the lead role in her debut feature film MA, which she also wrote and directed and which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Filmmaker Magazine included her among the de 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
MA - United States, 2015, 83 minutes
Scenario: Celia Rowlson-Hall
Cast: Celia Rowlson-Hall , Andrew Pastides, Amy Seimetz
Camera: Ian Bloom
In association with IFFR and Glamcult.