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Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami

2017, Sophie Fiennes, Ireland/UK, 115 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 15th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 15th 8:30pm
  • Sat, Jun 16th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jun 17th 5:45pm
  • Mon, Jun 18th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jun 19th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 20th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jun 21st 8:15pm

"The documentary is a feat of portraiture and a restoration of humanity. It's got the uncanny, the sublime, and, in many spots, a combination of both." - Wesley Morris, The New York Times

"A sumptuous sensory treat...Jones gives great diva for the camera." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

As demonstrated by her previous films on Slavoj Žižek (THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA) and Anselm Kiefer (OVER YOUR CITIES THE GRASS SHALL GROW), Sophie Fiennes knows how to tailor a film to a cultural icon. She rises to the occasion again with this fittingly unconventional portrait of the ageless diva of androgynous glam, Grace Jones. This is no career retrospective filled with archival clips and talking heads. Instead, the tense is immersively present, and our proximity to Jones is all-access. Filmed and edited over a period of twelve years, the film uses as its spine a visit by Jones to her family in Jamaica, where she dines on bami, goes to church, and recalls the abusively strict religious upbringing that helped to define her steely stage persona. These scenes are interwoven with round-the-world glimpses of Jones recording (that's where "bloodlight" comes in), relaxing, negotiating, battling with producers and hotel managers, and performing electrifying live versions of such legendary favorites as "La Vie en Rose," "Pull Up to the Bumper, "Warm Leatherette," and "Slave to the Rhythm" (while twirling a hula hoop!). DCP digital. (MR)

Monday, June 18: Post-screening dance party with DJ I.N.C. (included in ticket price).

DJ I.N.C. is one of the most respected and sought after disc jockeys in Chicago. His talents and understanding of music and sound have helped produce over six solo CDs. These soulful and mesmerizing beats and vocals has been labeled "Soulful Cool." And his latest release, Tha Afterset: Jazzy Soulful Intelligent Movement, is just as coooool.

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