LES EAUX PROFONDES

by Alice HEIT
2019 / HD & Super 8mm / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 53' 32

An immersion into the mysterious continent of female pleasure, DEEP WATERS explores the « fountains » that sometimes flow at the moment of a woman's sexual pleasure. A phenomenon which remains largely unknown, not least by women themselves…
Separated from our bodies and our desires due to centuries of patriarchal oppression, the continent of female pleasure often remains a terra incognita.
DEEP WATERS opens up one of those rare and precious spaces where speech is liberated and shared…
We travel through an imaginary « in rhizomes », allowing ourselves to explore and play, driven by a profound aspiration to recover a female sexuality that is rich and joyful, as it retraces its way toward its depths.

--

In the early 1970s, countless women in Western Europe and the U.S. fervently set out to explore their own bodies in self-help groups. Alice Heit’s film draws on this historic space of experience, opening on the sound level with personal reports of female sexuality affirming itself. Soon, a wide-ranging visual journey rich in associations develops, exploring and celebrating the physical phenomenon of female ejaculation suppressed in popular images of sexiness. Vulva-shaped sculptures and small statues of ancient mother goddesses lead the way to the spiritual emanations of the sexual and to creation myths in ancient India and Anatolia.

The shimmering Super 8 images, manually developed by the filmmaker (and looking beautifully homemade on all levels!) spread retro feelings on the formal level, too. Stop motion animations of crawling starfish evoke the surrealist film avant-garde. Other ingredients of this sex film of a different kind overflowing with motifs: lots of seawater. Dark snakes on pale skin. Trance-like chanting. And (with a title banner raised by two female divers underwater) perhaps the most poetic opening credits in the history of cinema.

Silvia Hallensleben


post production: ATELIER 105

4 PRINTS IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format DCP on USB stick (SMPTE 2K)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language French
rental fee 120,00 €

distribution format Digital file on USB stick (HD)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language French
rental fee 120,00 €

distribution format Digital file on USB stick (HD)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language French
translation English (Sous-titrage)
rental fee 120,00 €

distribution format DCP on USB stick (SMPTE 2K)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language French
rental fee 120,00 €