Être Cheval (Horse-Being)

Être Cheval (Horse-Being)

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:30pm
Trailer(s)
Jérôme Clément-Wilz | 
France |
 2016 | 
63 minutes

THIS FILM IS PART OF THE FRENCH FRENCH PROGRAM.

THIS FILM IS PRECEDED BY ANIMALS UNDER ANAESTHESIA: SPECULATIONS ON THE DREAMLIFE OF BEASTS

When a transgender ex-schoolteacher named Karen travels to the US to work with an old cowboy in an extended series of "Pony Play" sessions, the rituals of domination and submission between trainer and trainee must be strictly observed. In the arena where they work, Karen is taught the rigors of donning a bit and bridle, how to walk in ornate leather hooves, and how to pull a cart. These are only the physical manifestations of Karen’s sundering of control. Director Jérôme Clément-Wilz possesses an exquisite eye that elevates the narrative above its somewhat salacious subject matter. There is a deep and profound sadness at work here that can only be forestalled for a time in the shedding of humanity and the adoption of another creature’s sensibility. A supremely elegant and often deeply melancholic film, Être Cheval poses questions not only about the fluidity of desire and identity, but also about the very nature (burden) of being human. -DW

Screening With
Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky  | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
14 minutes