Tuesday, 23 April
Women's Work: Satan Said Dance
Cinema of the Dam'd is proud to present Women's Work, an ongoing series of recent films by emerging female directors. Tonight we take a look at Kasia Roslaniec's fascinating, fragmented character study Satan Said Dance (2017).
Karolina (Magdalena Berus), a hedonistic young writer, celebrates the success of her new novel. Drifting between lovers, her life is a dizzying blur of casual sex and hard partying, fueled by cocaine and booze. But beneath her carefree image, Karolina struggles with addiction, eating disorders, and loneliness. Kasia Roslaniec's striking character study is composed of 54 short vignettes, from which a fragmented narrative unfolds like a sideways scroll through a stranger's Instagram stories. Deploying the 1:1 aspect ratio used on social media sites, Roslaniec keeps Berus' gutsy performance tightly in the frame, while suggesting the limits of a life lived in the public eye. Fusing smartphone aesthetics with cinematic form, Satan Said Dance is both a bold storytelling experiment and a canny critique of the selfie generation. Watch the trailer.
Directed by Kasia Roslaniec, 2017, Poland/Netherlands, 97 minutes. In Polish & English w/ English subtitles.
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