A large part of the Madame B cast and crew has reunited recently in Poland for a shoot of Mieke Bal’s latest project Reasonable Doubt. The new film is about Queen Christina of Sweden meeting René Descartes. Descartes is played by Thomas Germaine (the three men from Madame B) and Christina by Marja Skaffari (Emma B). Also on board are Christopher Wessels (cinematographer), Sara Pinheiro (sonologist), Milja Korpela (hair and make-up artist), Helinä Hukkataival (Charles’ mother). They were filming at the beautiful castle and grounds of Nieborow, close to Warsaw. First footage of the film is expected to be ready in 2016.
A 5 screen Madame B video installation is part of the group exhibition “The Importance of Being a (Moving) Image” in Prague. The National Museum opened their new deparment on the moving image and Mieke and Michelle were invited to be a part of this with Madame B. The 5-channel installation is called Precarity and will be on display until May 24th.
Madame B will be screened as part of a Mieke Bal video retrospectibe within the conference in memory of Jose Luis Brea “Las tres eras de la imagen”. The screening will take place in the lovely Tonalá cinema on January 17th.
We are proud to let you know that a smaller satellite exhibition of Madame B is on tour to the VIVA festival in Valletta, Malta. The works in the show are the same as in the Tallinn exhibition, but the title is now changed to Cause & Effect, which is more fitting. The show in Malta is still open until 5 October. More information on the festival and tickets to be found here: Valletta International Visual Arts Festival
The 96 minute feature film of Madame B will have its world premiere today. We are so proud that the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam will host the premiere as well as a meet the artist talk. Mieke and Michelle will introduce Madame B and discuss several themes in the film and their relation to Flaubert and Visual Culture. Also present at this wonderful event are our three main actors: Marja Skaffari, Thomas Germaine and Mathieu Montanier. The screening is sold out, but we hope to announce new screenings or else you can pre-order the DVD box which is due for release in October.
We have uploaded the video tour of the Sydney exhibition to our vimeo channel. Enjoy!