Films 2019

The Attendant

8 min.
Year of Production:
United Kingdom
Thomas Baptiste
Cleo Sylvestre
John Wilson
Production Company:
Normal Films
Berlinale Section:

A young white man visits a gallery of old master paintings. When the museum closes, he stays behind, arousing the sexual fantasies of an older black museum attendant. In one of these fantasies, the 19th-century painting ‘The Slave Trade (Slaves on the West Coast of Africa)’ by French artist François-Auguste Biard metamorphosises into a group of leather-clad gay men. With an activist’s commitment, Isaac Julien takes a look at the sexual and racist dynamics of power from a cultural-historical perspective. Made with the support of the Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1998) in a period under the sway of Thatcherism and the AIDS crisis, the film impressively and poetically explores the topics of imperialism, queer self-determination, lust and death.

FILMOGRAFIE Isaac Julien (selection)

2008 Derek  1993 The Attendant  1989 Looking For Langston 

Isaac Julien @ IMDb
Website of Isaac Julien

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