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8 days


Netherlands, 2003

Production : Manon De Boer

Programmed by Charlène Dinhut





"Sylvia Kristel – Paris" is a portrait of Sylvia Kristel , best known for her role in the 1970’s erotic cult classic "Emmanuelle". Between November 2000 and June 2002 Manon de Boer recorded the stories and memories of Kristel. At each recording session she asked her to speak about a city where Kristel has lived: Paris, Los Angeles, Brussels or Amsterdam; over the two years she spoke on several occasions about the same city.

Tënk's opinion

Sylvia Kristel’s voice leads us along the meanders of her biography. Enveloped in a sublime glamour, she lists the names of famous actors and directors she crossed paths with, detailing the disturbing power games of some of the men she was involved with, and talks of a different Paris where everything took place on the Left Bank. The artist Manon de Boer takes this further; she offers this extremely subtle portrait but also pursues a quest that haunts all her work: memory and the passing of time. To do this, she goes backwards in time and shows the most recent interview first. The result is a superb observation of the absolutely infinite facets of a single life and identity, as well as a film that seems to be pierced by time, where both viewer and actress conduct a somewhat disturbing experiment with the process of remembering.

Charlène Dinhut
Programmer and curator

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