Belgium artists Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael spin seven mini-stories around death – with dancing hands, nano-sets and sheer cinematic flair.
Following the international success of their work Kiss & Cry, Belgium filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael and choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey present this intriguing “feature-length film shot on a kitchen table”, about different people who go through a series of deaths and resurrections.
Meet three dancers who turn their hands and fingers into unlikely stars. These ‘hands’ cavort through a series of miniature sets – forests, a strip club, skyscrapers – placed on rolling tables.
Overhead cameras float around these sets, filming these dancing hands as they perform seven mini-stories around death. Scriptwriter Thomas Gunzig crafts surreal vignettes about “mechanical deaths”, “organic deaths”, “silent deaths”, even “erotic deaths” – all with a dash of offbeat humour.
Brimming with inspiration from film noir, old Hollywood, and blockbuster war movies, these atmospheric scenes then erupt via a live feed onto a giant screen – in a performance that dazzles the mind and eye.
Wonderfully inventive, don’t miss Cold Blood as it takes you through the absurd, sometimes funny and unexpected moments in the final journey of life.
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Photo by Julien Lambert