86 mins, super 16mm film, 2022.
* First Prize Award, Junior Jury of the International Competition, Locarno Film Festival
* Silver Hugo Award, New Director's Competition, Chicago International Film Festival
* Spirit of the Festival Award, Cork International Film Festival
* Best International Feature Film, Calgary International Film Festival
* Best Film Award from the Junior Jury, Márgenes International Film Festival, Madrid.
* Special Mention, BIEFF Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival
Both a love letter to the less recognized magicians of cinema and a playful celebration of otherness, Piaffe is an opportunity for the viewers to see with their bodies and touch with their eyes.
When her sibling Zara suffers a nervous breakdown, the introvert Eva is forced to take on Zara’s job as a Foley artist. She struggles to create sounds for a commercial featuring a horse, and then a horsetail starts growing out of her body. Empowered by her tail, she lures a botanist into an affair, through a game of submission. Piaffe is a visceral journey into control, gender, and artifice.
Production: Schuldenberg Films International Sales: Rediance
Cast: Simone Bucio, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Sebastian Rudolph, Bjørn Melhus, Lea Draeger, Josef Ostendorf
Director: Ann Oren
Writers: Ann Oren & Thais Guisasola
Director of Photography: Carlos Vasquez
Editors: Ann Oren & Haim Tabakman / Editing Consultant: Benjamin Mirguet
Sound Concept & Mix: Robert Hefter / Sound Design: Danilo Okulov
Production Design: Ilaria Di Carlo / Costume Design: Anna Philippa Müller / Hair & VFX: Sada Leigh Sherrin
Music: Daniela Lunelli aka Munsha, äbvsd, VTSS
Producers: Kristof Gerega, Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried
Funded by BKM (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien)
With the support of We Fade To Grey
AN INTERVIEW WITH ANN OREN
"...never has cinema felt more like skin contact between the screen and the viewer."
Clarisse Fabre, LE MONDE
"In this erotic and sexual neo-Bunuélien "pas de deux"... deploying its surrealist material from a part of the cinema craft: foley artistry..."
Paul Attard, IN REVIEW ONLINE
"This is about as radical and forward-thinking as contemporary cinema gets."
Thierry Meranger, CAHIERS DU CINÉMA
"A fascinating fusion beyond genre, placing it in an interregnum celebrating the marriage of the human, the animal and the plant.
Nicholas Bell, IONCINEMA
"A fantastical homage to the magical attributes of cinema and the untapped eroticism lurking within our primordial brains, Oren constructs a hypnotic exercise of metamorphic hedonism."
Sophie Monks Kaufman, INDIE WIRE
"A celebration of kink and queerness"
Daniel Kothenschulte, FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU
"Rarely has one seen such free, undefined eroticism in the cinema... What a gift: if Maya Deren, the great American avant-garde pioneer, were alive today, she would probably make a film like this."
Muriel del Don, CINEUROPA
"Ann Oren captures the audience’s imagination by way of an elegant and poetic work which urges us to take a critical look at our relationship with “normality”.