17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

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9 – 12 September 2021

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Thanks to all who have entered films to this autumn’s festival. We will let you know about the selection status of your film by the 9th of August.

Marriage Story

Available online

17 September – 11 October, 2020

An auto-fiction under the eyes of a female Christ, a marriage as a step into the forbidden land of the holy, a lesbian poem in the language of the divine, a paean to the color red, the world’s slowest rave. —Jessica Dunn Rovinelli

Content Notes

Depiction of sex

In this Programme:

Marriage Story

(Jessica Dunn Rovinelli, 2020, 9 mins)

Introduction

Marriage Story

An introduction from filmmaker Jessica Dunn Rovinelli and writer Anika Kash

Marriage Story

Domesticity, intimacy, togetherness, performativity, nakedness, eroticism and sex have been faithful and constant presences in all of Jessica Dunn Rovinelli’s films, and this one is no exception. Best known for her Brooklyn-set feature So Pretty (2019), Rovinelli’s third short Marriage Story is an ode to the ecstatic energy that connects two souls and bodies in love.

Filmed digitally, intended to be screened on 35mm, and composed of three distinct parts taking place under the same roof, Marriage Story places a naked couple at the center of its stripped and poetic plot. The pair is the filmmaker herself and her partner, Anika Kash. They offer their bodies to each other and to the camera to embody a morning ritual, an act of pleasure, and a poetic performance. Powered by the robust energy of an introductory and concluding techno track, and by the sensuality of pulsating movements of the colour red, the film culminates in an earnest recitation of a poem written and voiced by Kash herself.

That a powerful and meaningful piece of cinema can be crafted solely by making use of a camera, a flat, a coffee maker, two queer souls and words of passion is of no surprise to anyone, but it sure is a remarkable and moving gift to receive from Jessica Dunn Rovinelli. Barbara Hammer would surely approve of it. —Ana David

Born in 1988, Jessica Dunn Rovinelli works as a film director, editor, colourist and critic living in New York. She has directed two feature films, So Pretty, (2019, Berlinale) a literary translation/transposition focusing on gender and the utopian imagination, and Empathy (2016,
FID Marseille), a performative documentary following a heroin-addicted escort across the USA. In 2019 she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Filmography

So Pretty (narrative feature, 2020)

Empathy (documentary feature, 2016)

Fuck Work (narrative short, 2015)

Director

Jessica Dunn Rovinelli

World Premiere
SDH Captions

Production Country

United States

Production Year

2020

Duration

9 mins

Dialogue Language

English

Print Contact

Jessica Dunn Rovinelli

PODCAST — Episode 4, recorded

Jessica Dunn Rovinelli and collaborator Anika Kash in conversation with BFMAF programmer Ana David about the film ‘Marriage Story’.