Silence of the Sirens

Diana Vidrascu
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
FRANCE, 2019, 16MM>DIGITAL, 34 MIN
FRENCH/CREOLE/ENGLISH (WITH FRENCH/ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

Inspired by Kafka’s short text “The Silence of the Sirens,” which reinterprets Homer’s deadly songstresses as silent apparitions, the film focuses on a fictionalized portrait of Céline, an actress from Martinique. The myth is cinematographically sublimated through an exercise in translation and appropriation. The islands are navigated from the original Greek poem through Kafka’s prose to a literary French translation and a text performance in Creole, ceasing in an improvised poetic translation.

 

  • Diana Vidrascu (1987, Romania) is a filmmaker based in Paris, France. Working with film, photography, and installation, Diana Vidrascu questions the narrative devices of cinema by challenging the limits of the narrative discourse and codes of the film genres. She debuted as a director in 2017 and her films have screened in international festivals like: Locarno Film Festival, Berlinale Forum Expanded, IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival Experimenta, and Chicago International Film Festival.