Commissioned by Borealis and Bergen Kunsthall, and featuring an original soundtrack by composer Laurence Crane performed by asamisimasa, Beatrice Gibson’s new film Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs (Two Sisters who aren’t Sisters), is based on an eponymously named script by Gertrude Stein, written in 1929 as European fascism was building momentum. Gibson’s adaptation, set almost a century later in contemporary Paris, deploys Stein’s script as a talismanic guide through a contemporary moment of comparable social and political unrest. A series of characters – two washerwoman, two sisters, a beauty queen, two poodles, and a gentleman – experience a series of encounters on a Parisian street corner. Exploring feminism not only as subject matter, but as method, Gibson casts as the film’s characters, an intimate network of friends and practitioners, alongside those who have supported or influenced Gibson’s life and work. Both a fictional thriller and an act of collective representation, Deux Soeurs proposes empathy and friendship as means to reckon with a increasingly turbulent present.
Q&A with Beatrice Gibson after the film. Director of Bergen Kunsthall Axel Wieder as moderator.
Presented in collaboration with Cinemateket i Bergen. Støttet av EN: The music is a commission supported by Arts Council Norway