The Body Double in Ottawa


For the 2009 Inside Out Gatineau-Ottawa Festival, SAW Video is presenting a program of videos by Paris-based filmmaker Brice Dellsperger. The program features five works of his Body Double series as well as a world premiere screening of his latest one, Body Double 22 (2009), a remake of cult movie Eyes Wide Shut (S. Kubrick). The screening will take place on Nov 21 at 5pm, with director in attendance.

For more than a decade, Paris-based filmmaker and contemporary artist Brice Dellsperger has produced remakes of archetypal sequences from cult films (Return of the Jedi, Saturday Night Fever, My Own Private Idaho, Twin Peaks, Eyes Wide Shut) forming a series of over 20 works entitled Body Double.

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Brice Dellsperger, Body Double 9, 1997, Courtesy Galerie Air de Paris, Paris

Meticulously following the soundtrack, Dellsperger substitutes the original characters with one or two actors who play all the roles. In a Brice Dellsperger film, gender is a grey area: male actors play women playing men, and heterosexual characters become queer.

The program will feature five works that reference cinema from the past four decades, including the premiere of Body Double 22, in which French actor and visual artist Jean-Luc Verna plays all the roles - resulting in a gender-bending parallel to the original.

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body double 22 - 2007 - 1 film - 35mn - DVCPRO50 to BetaNum- "Eyes Wide Shut" (Stanley Kubrick)

- Body Double 16 (based on A Clockwork Orange and Women in Love)
- Body Double 17 (based on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)
- Body Double 19/20 (based on Flash Gordon)
- Body Double 22 (based on Eyes Wide Shut)
- Body Double 23 (based on The Black Dahlia)


- Video screening of Body Double
Followed by Q&A with the artist
5pm, Saturday, November 21, 2009

National Gallery of Canada, Auditorium, 380 Sussex, Ottawa

  • Fee : 10$

Film and discussion in English

For 18 years old minimum

- Artist presentation
12:30pm, Monday, November 23, 2009

Ottawa University, 100 Laurier Ave., Room #114
_Conference in French

(November 17, 2009)


Last modified on 23/11/2009

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