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Orlando, My Political Biography

Orlando, My Political Biography

Orlando, ma biographie politique
Paul B. Preciado
France
2023
98 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

You can’t ask a dead writer what she thinks of a letter addressed to her posthumously, of course, but Virginia Woolf would surely have been delighted with Paul B. Preciado’s scintillating and erudite discursive film. With a nod to the author’s groundbreaking 1928 novel, the trans activist and philosopher Paul B. Preciado has titled his debut film Orlando, My Political Biography. “I’m alive,” he says, “I came out of your fiction.”

In that imagining, an aristocratic young man changes into a woman overnight. In our society, however, this transition process is a hazardous and painstaking process. Thus, Ruben Rizzi, who has just turned 15, makes the emphatic choice to describe himself as a trans boy, in an acknowledgement of his history. Rizzi is one of the 26 modern-day Orlandos, aged between 8 and 70 and all wearing a white baroque ruff collar, who tell their stories. Preciado is breathtaking in his merging of their testimonies with passages from Woolf’s Orlando.

This visual and philosophical exploration of the transgender experience is simultaneously a rebuttal of binary thinking and a negation of any boundary between documentary and fiction.

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Credits
98 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: French, Spanish
Director
    Paul B. Preciado
    Paul B. Preciado
Production
    Yael Fogiel for Les Films du Poisson
    Yael Fogiel for Les Films du Poisson
Executive producer
    Annie Ohayon for 24 Images
    Annie Ohayon for 24 Images
Co-production
    Farid Rezkallah for 24 Images
    Farid Rezkallah for 24 Images
Cinematography
    Victor Zébo
    Victor Zébo
Editing
    Yotam Ben-David
    Yotam Ben-David
Screenplay
    Paul B. Preciado
    Paul B. Preciado
World Sales
    The Party Film Sales
    The Party Film Sales
Screening copy
    The Party Film Sales
    The Party Film Sales

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