The production

 

The production

Weekend-reality of nightclub performers and poetic fantasies

The 90-minutes-long movie follows the drag-performers ANTOINE (CYBERSISSY) and MOURAD (BAYBJANE) through a portion of their exciting lives, visiting nightclubs in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Magdeburg, Essen and New York City.

It spies on Mourad on his trip to Ibiza, where he is a regular on the stages of world famous nightclubs "Amnesia" and "Pacha" and captures Mourads performance at "Wintergarten"-theatre in Berlin, where he sings his song about his bionic (glowing) eye.

The mixed in super-8 footage and video-material from Antoine's private collection, combined with interviews in which both of them, Mourad as well as Antoine, speak about the hardships of life, about disabilities and many other problems, paints a multicoloured picture of lives lived on the edge of society. In all of this there is always an element of hope and joy, even of triumph, so the movie shows playful variations of self-perception and the art of survival.

In a castle-like, empty villa in Berlin, we found the ideal location to stage fantasies and performances of Cybersissy and BayBjane. The movie binds a broad spectrum of references to high fashion and clubculture. Burlesque aesthetics come together with carnevalesque performances in an atmosphere of joyful improvisation with freakish extras, dogs and horses, while the sculptural, handmade costumes, made by Antoine Timmermans make you gasp.

Clash of long gone high-society glamour with contemporary drag-queen fashion extravaganza

The location of this early 20th century estate allows a clash of long gone high-society glamour with contemporary drag-queen fashion extravaganza, showing how the two performers relate to one-another on many levels of emotionality, creativity and stylish inspiration.

The documentary elements of the narrative, following both performers through colourful nightlife episodes with an irresistable closeness, are intercut with mind probing interviews, that reveal the inner world of our heroes, as well as with staged scenes of poetic irreality.

The docu-tale changes between edgy impersonation of camp and gay chic and a kind of global consumer culture like comic and fairytale. This carefully sequenced film guides us through weekend-reality of nightclub performers and poetic fantasies especially performed for this movie.

There is an unhurried pacing within an opulent context, and parodying gestures. That this is shot beautifully, contrasts to the low fi, low grade way queer culture and in this case drag is often portrayed. It's very exciting to see the rigor, industry experience AND insider perspective brought to bare on this work. (Sophia Wallace, NYC).

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