Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out. The film includes Grace's unique performances singing iconic hits such as Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks Williams' Bloods and Hurricane. These personal songs also link to Grace’s family life, as the film takes us on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where her family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered.
Festivals And Awards
Sophie Fiennes was born in Suffolk, England, and studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. She worked as a location manager for director Peter Greenaway and later directed the feature documentaries The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (06), Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (10), and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (12), all of which screened at the Festival. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (17) is her latest documentary.
TIFF, Toronto 2017. CPH:DOX 2018. Camerimage IFF 2018. Gent FF 2017. Sarasota FF 2018. BIFF Bahama 2018. Louisiana IFF 2018. Season FF Helsinki 2018.
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