Revolt, She Said: Women and Film post '68
Dir: Mai Zetterling, 1968, Sweden, 100 mins, Cert: 18 (TBC)
Mon 28 May // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
Three female actors (Bergman regulars Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson and Gunnel Lindblom) tour a production of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata as the spirit of ’68 sweeps Sweden. Life imitates art as the sex wars spill off the stage into confrontations with the audience, family, and the wider public.
Voted by Swedes as one of the top 20 films ever made, and declared by Simone de Beauvoir to be ‘the best movie ever made by a woman.’
‘A key work in feminist cinema’ DVD Beaver
‘Thankfully, director Mai Zetterling was able to pull off the impossible: The Girls is a subversive film exploration of women that was made in the infancy of a cinematic movement that finally began to allow women to function onscreen in a realistic way’ Pop Matters
This screening will be preceded by short film Hairpiece: A Film for Nappy Headed People (Dir. Ayoka Chenzira, USA 1982, 10m)
One hundred years after the first women got the vote in the UK, 50 years after the protests of May ’68 triggered resistance across the world, where is the feminist revolution now? ICO x Club des Femmes curate a season of films and happenings focused on women filmmakers post ’68, who took up cameras as they took to the streets: to instigate further revolutions in ways of seeing, being, living and loving.