the chalice until oblivion – Liberation

the chalice until oblivion – Liberation
the chalice until oblivion – Liberation

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In 1975, the forgotten filmmaker Liliane de Kermadec paid tribute to another forgotten woman: Aloïse Corbaz, an artist locked up in an asylum. A gem about madness and the condition of women, the film is being released in theaters.

We often think of Liliane de Kermadec as the filmmaker of just one film. This is false, she directed from the 1960s until her death in 2020 around twenty films, long and short, various, TV and cinema, fiction or documentaries. During the second half of her life, she carried out self-produced projects around figures as varied – but secretly linked by politics and gender – as the editor of the work of Charles Fourier, Simone Debout-Oleszkiewicz (Paris or the lost utopia2018), or the women of the Tupamaros revolutionary movement in Uruguay (the cry of the ants, 2015). If it is therefore false that she is the director of only one film, Aloise (1975), all these other productions are invisible, lost, unfinished, out of circulation. Liliane de Kermadec is barely an artist but cursed. Like Aloïse.

Female condition without destiny

The Swiss art brut artist Aloïse Corbaz, whom the fiction here renames Aloïse Porraz, was cursed because she spent her life not becoming the artist expected of her ambition, through a succession of ruptures, erasures and of collapses that the plans number, without anything making a connection or destiny. Aloïse dreamed of being a lyrical and free singer, she ended up writing and painting locked up in the asylum (final diagnosis: early dementia). Artist late in life and in the darkening of a pacifist spirit shattered by the declaration

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