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Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs (Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters)

Beatrice Gibson

United Kingdom, 2019
21 minutes, 55 seconds, Colour, Stereo
Original format: 16mm Cinemascope
Available formats: HD Video

Two sisters (who are not sisters), two pregnancies, a two-seater car, a beauty queen, a poodle. The election of a second fascist – this time in Brazil. A crime thriller without a crime, ‘Deux Soeurs’ unfolds like a dream. 

Based on an original screenplay by Gertrude Stein, written in 1929 as European fascism was gaining momentum, ‘Deux Soeurs is set in contemporary Paris in a moment of comparable social and political unrest. Casting an intimate network of the director’s friends and influences as its principle actors, from renowned New York school poet Alice Notley to educator Diocouda Diaoune and playing on Stein’s interest in autobiography and repetition, Deux souers is simultaneously an abstract thriller and a collective portrait. An exploration of inheritance, responsibility, ethics and futurity.  ‘Deux Soeurs’ was shot on 16mm anamorphic by friend and collaborator Ben Rivers and features an original soundtrack by British composer Laurence Crane. 

Co-commissioned by KW Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Camden Arts Centre, London, Bergen Kunsthall, in partnership with Borealis Festival for Experimental Music, Bergen, and Mercer Union, Toronto.