13 mins, 16mm film, 2020.
A foley artist creates sounds for a film starring a dressage horse and dissolves into his own imitation.
As the character in the film, played by the gender fluid performer Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, seems to transform into a gender-defying centaur, the film reflects on the boundaries between the human and the animal as well as on fictional gender roles and their transcendence.
Shot on 16mm film, PASSAGE alludes to Eadweard Muybridge’s pre-cinematic experiments with horses.
Screener available on demand here
Written, Directed & Edited by
Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
BFI London Film Festival
PÖFF Shorts Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn
Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival
BOGO Shorts, Bogotá Short Film Festival
Hamburg Short Film Festival
Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival
OFF - Odense International Film Festival
Tirana International Film Festival
Antimatter Film Festival
Videomedeja Novi Sad
Slamdance Film Festival Best experimental short
Tirana International Film Festival Best video art & Experimental
BOGO Shorts Best experimental international short
Black Canvas Film Festival Special mention
Onion City Experimental Film Festival Honorable mention
The Ostrovsky Family Fund