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Jazz Film Fest: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Available to rent Oct 29 - Nov 26
Directed by Sophie Fiennes
2018, UK/Ireland, 115 min

This title is available to rent via Cinematheque at Home. This is not only an opportunity for our patrons to see new cinema, but is an important way that they can continue to support independent film during this pandemic with 50% of all sales supporting our theatre.

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject.

Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love is the Drug,” and more. Jones herself has said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked” and, indeed, Fiennes’s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself.

Presented in collaboration with the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

Reviews

Pure energy, fierce, and empowering. If you want a sexy, feel good, empowering film, pull up to the theater in your most audacious outfit and get ready for the Grace Jones experience.
– The Huffington Post
Transfixing. A joyous affair.
- Steve Pond, The Wrap
The film feels as epic as the artist herself. A mix of concert doc and intimate verité, Fiennes has crafted a film that feels like Stop Making Sense via Frederick Wiseman. As an intimate look at Jones the film succeeds, as a powerful testament to her talent the film soars.
– Jason Gorber, BirthMoviesDeath
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