Video, 34 minutes, 2010
Out presents a domination/ submission scene set in a mundane living room. The increasing pain prompts the sub to spew out not only cries of pleasure and pain, but also sentences. The scene thus connotes both confessions under torture, and rituals of exorcism, even as it remains a documentation of willful pleasure, being that both participants are not actresses, but members of the Israeli BDSM community.The demon who speaks through the sub, is and isn’t herself. In fact, the sentences are all quotes of Israel’s minister of foreign affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, one of the most extreme right wing politicians in Israel.
The ritual is framed by two scenes. A preceding interview with the two participants seems at the beginning to be a straightforward documentary, but transforms into an exposition of the narrative premise by which one is possessed, the other an exorcist. The final musical scene is a song set to the words of the Russian poet Esenin’s Letter to Mother. Executed as a one-shot, the song is a direct, if twisted, homage to the final scene of another film that deals with radical sexuality and politics: Dusan Makavejev’s WR, The Mystery of the Organism.
Orizzonti award, best medium-length film, The 67th Venice Film Festival
ARTE Award for best European film, Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage
First prize, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival
Official nomination for the European Academy Awards, Sarajevo Film Festival
Special mention, CPH:DOX