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Exclusive: Clip for Andrés Peyrot’s God is a Woman – 2023 Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week

Exclusive: Clip for Andrés Peyrot’s God is a Woman – 2023 Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week

Tomorrow the Venice International Film Festival sets its sails on its 80th edition and among the treasures in the Venice Critics’ Week we find a film about a hidden (does it still exist?) film in the out-of-competition opener God Is a Woman (Dieu est une femme) by Swiss-Panamanian filmmaker Andrés Peyrot. Also selected for the upcoming Toronto Intl. Film Festival, Peyrot sets off to discover the importance of this document. In 1975, the renowned French Oscar-winning director Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau (Sky Above and Mud Beneath was the first ever doc awarded for the category) embarked on a journey to Panama with the purpose of documenting the Kuna community, a place where women hold a sacred status. Accompanying him were his wife and their young daughter, Akiko, and together, they immersed themselves in the Kuna way of life for an entire year…..the unfortunate seizure of the film reels by a bank shipwrecked the release of the film…but the legend of the filming of the doc has been passed down through generations, narrated by the elders to the youth. In a surprising turn of events, a hidden copy of the film resurfaces in the City of Light…We’ve got an exclusive clip that basically showcases its importance to the Kuna community…

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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