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Bertrand Mandico's Phantasmagoric Cinema

Bertrand Mandico's Phantasmagoric Cinema

PREHISTORIC CABARET

Bertrand Mandico France, 2013

With its retro-aesthetic and Satanic style-to-burn, this is another of Bertrand Mandico’s glorious nasties, a pulpy short film straight out of hell. Demented, demonic, disturbing, dangerous… don’t try this at home!

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OUR LADY OF HORMONES

Bertrand Mandico France, 2014

Along with his usual colors and squishy, fleshy textures, this lengthier narrative short in our Bertrand Mandico retrospective plays out like The Wizard of Oz reinterpreted by Argento. The film follows two women who bond with a strange phallic thingy covered in hair and saliva…

Y A-T-IL UNE VIERGE ENCORE VIVANTE?

Bertrand Mandico France, 2015

Daringly announcing itself as a true story, Mandico’s brutal body-horror fantasia is both supremely vulgar and audaciously iconoclastic. Big on fake blood and kaleidoscopic colors, with tinted hues reminiscent of a gross-out, pornographic Color of Pomegranates, this is not for the faint of heart.

SOUVENIRS D'UN MONTREUR DE SEINS

Bertrand Mandico France, 2014

Bertrand Mandico might just be at his most restrained here: a one-woman show for regular collaborator Elina Löwensohn, who, in direct spoken voiceover (sometimes repeated as if a mantra), and in metaphor, we hear described what the experience of her body feels like to her—the skin she lives in.

DEPRESSIVE COP

Bertrand Mandico France, 2015

The most recent film in our Bertrand Mandico retrospective, Depressive Cop captures, in cool low-contrast black-and-white film stock, and in pathetic fallacy, the strange psychology of the wild Scottish island on which it is set. Perplexing and stylish, albeit gruesomely so.