Spit and Ashes

US/CH 2019 | 72 Min | DCP
Metro Historisch
Fr, 27.09. | 23:00
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Alt porn queen Maria Beatty unshackles two female tropes in Spit and Ashes: the “high priestess” and the “midwife” celebrate a variety of erotic, sexual, and violent occult rituals in a hyper symbolic experimental performance arrangement with the expressed goal of reinterpreting historical crimes against the female (body) by the patriarchy, and to prepare for the coming battles. A BDSM fever dream, shot mostly in black and white that includes a pentagram of menstruation blood, masturbation with a burning candle, and a soundtrack chant by the punk legend Lydia Lunch. Throughout it is essential, provocative, sensual, transgressive underground cinema, and a heart piece of this year’s /slash program.

Maria Beatty
has produced and directed films for the past 27 years, on the cutting edge of art, porn and eroticism. She is a precursor to the so called new wave of alt-porn. After a start in the 80s as a fashion photographer, in 1989 she directed her first documentary Gang of Souls. In 1995, she conceived her first fetish film, The Elegant Spanking, followed by The Black Glove (1997), that quickly became a cult-film. The same year she started her own distribution company, Bleu Productions, and since then she produced, directed and edited over 30 fetish lesbian s/m films. Boy in a Bathtub (2006) was her first foray into feature length filmmaking. Maria Beatty frequently collaborates with her partner and french writer Claire Menichi.
Language eOV
Director Maria Beatty
Cast Sadie Lune, Dion de Rossi, Daniel Maszkowicz
Writer Maria Beatty, Sadie Lune, Dion de Rossi
Editing Clementine Gillieron, Maria Beatty
Cinematography Theo Meow, Jo Pollux
Produced by Daniel Maszkowicz, Maria Beatty
Special Effects, Makeup, Hair and Styling Rah Nikolaidis
Original Music FU, Dottie Bess, Emma Souharce
Voice Over and Chants Lydia Lunch
Production Coordinator Mat Sergent
Metro Historisch
Fr, 27.09. | 23:00