The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI presents the films of Jesper Just and Jèrôme Bel at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 (Wednesday) in the Studio at the Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. The event is free and open to the public.
The following films will be screened:
Danish-born Jesper Just creates works that combine meticulous high-end film production with profound insight into the complexities and contradictions of human condition. Using overlapping cinematic, musical and literary references, his films adopt popular songs to communicate the vulnerability and insecurity in relationships. These short films, all under 10 minutes, appropriate Hollywood’s polished production values but then deviate from the usual narrative story arc in favor of creating a film noir atmosphere rather than a resolved plot. His films comment on gender politics and the possibility of relationships across a generational divide, but more importantly, they present the broader existential search for identity.
"Véronique Doisneau," a performance piece by Jèrôme Bel, embodies the internal dialogue of a ballerina who finds she is drawing close to the age of retirement. The dance performance shows Véronique Doisneau alone on stage, considering her career subjectively and reminiscing about her role inside the institution. Commissioned by director Brigitte Lefèvre of the Opera Paris National, Bel staged a type of documentary on the career of one of the dancers in the ballet.