Marie Losier is the most effervescent and psychologically accurate portrait artist working in film today. Her films wriggle with the energy and sweetness of a broken barrel full o’ sugar worms!!!!
No one makes pictures like Marie, Edith Sitwell’s inner Tinkerbell !!!!!!!
“I set with a smile on my face. I wish there were more people like the character in your films, in the world. It takes you on a ride that weaves the real and surreal.”
Marie Losier’s movies are as sweet and sassy as her name and well worth a gander or goose by all off beat cineastes. So beat off to a different drum and marvel at the wad of wonders that only a French woman could generate. Take a trip down a sprocketed spiral of celluloid strips into a glory hole of impressive dimensions. What pops through will surely enlarge with persistent, ocular manipulations.
Marie’s technique is very revolutionary. Most documentaries—and I’ve been in in a lot of documentaries, I’ve been in Joy Division, Brion Gysin, Burroughs, Derek Jarman documentaries—all kinds of stuff. But they’re all the same, they sit you down and they stick a camera at you and it’s just your head, and you’re just going blah, blah, blah, blah, blah… and it’s very ordinary. There’s nothing very interesting and radical happening. But with Marie there’s animation and she gets you to wear the most ludicrous costumes and do these bizarre things that at the time you’re doing them you’re thinking, what the hell has this got to do with my life? But when it’s all assembled, it’s like Fellini meets documentary. It’s a very new, radical way of making documentaries, and quite honestly, we think that Marie does and the way she does it will be the template for the future. She is totally unique, very deep with a great sense of joy and emotions below her humor.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge-2009
Marie Losier was born in France in 1972, and now lives in New York City where she is a filmmaker and curator. She has made a number of film portraits on avant-garde directors, musicians and composers such as Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad , Alan Vega and Genesis P-Orridge. Whimsical, poetic, dreamlike and unconventional, her films explore the life and work of these artists.
Her films and videos have screened at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals around the world. She has been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art- MOMA, The Whitney Biennial, PS1, La Cinematheque Francaise, La Fondation Cartier, The Bozar Museum, The Tate Modern. She has screened at many festivals and venues including the Berlinale, Rotterdam, Tribeca Film Festival, The Water Reade of The Lincoln Center, The Basel art Fair, The Copenhagen Film Festival, and the Harvard Film Archive. She has served on numerous Festival as a jury notably at the Era New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland, at BAFICI/the Buenos Aires Festival of International Cinema- where she was the subject of a full retrospective, at The FID Marseille in France and The Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal.
She was just awarded the DAAD residency in Berlin where she is now for a year working on a new feature film on performer and singer Peaches, Peaches Goes Bananas!
She also just received the Guggenheim Award for 2013 to work on a new film on Mexican Lucha libre wrestler Cassandro, the king of the Exoticos.
She is finishing 2 new shorts, one portrait on the artist and singer and artist Alan Vega who created the legendary underground band Suicide. The film, Alan Vega, Just a Million Dreams, which premiered at the Bordeaux Film Festival in October 2013 and is now shown in Athens Film Festival, LUFF, Seville Film Festival, CPHODX…
The other short, BIM, BAM, BOOM, Las Luchas Morenas, commissioned by CPHDOX LAB, shot in Mexico City with 3 sisters wrestlers- Luchadoras, The Moreno Dynasty will premiere in 2014.
She just co-curated the Mexican Film Fesitval of Distrital with Juan Pablo Bastarrachea and the Cineteca National of Mexico. She just performed a show at the Fondation Cartier Museum in Paris in April 2013, “Marie Denemage” and invited her friends to participate, Jonathan Caouette, Joana Preiss, Pauline Jardin, Peaches, Tony Conrad…
Her first feature film was a portrait of pioneering musician-artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV) and his/her partner Lady Jaye.
Her film on Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye, THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE premiered at the FORUM at The Berlin Film Festival in February 2011, and won 2 awards the Caligary Award, and the Teddy Award. She also won the GRAND PRIZE at Indilisboa (Portugal), PRIX LOUIS MARCORELLES & PRIX DES BIBLIOTHÈQUES -Cinema du Reel (France), AUDIENCE Award-Bafici-Buenos Aires Film Festival (Argentina), ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT Award-Outfest Film Festival (USA-Los Angeles), SANFIC-SPECIAL MENTION-International Competition (Chile).
The film is now released commercially in the Movie Theaters in France, Canada, Mexico, Germany and right now in the USA.
She had her first Solo Show- OUTTAKES at Luxe Gallery NYC) in 2008, on outtakes from the feature film work in progress on Genesis P-Orridge. She exhibited her video work, Papal Brokendance in a group show in France at Le Lieu Unique in Nantes-Popism V- an installation on musicals in contemporary video work, curated by Frank Lamy, head of the Mac Val Museum in Paris (November 2009 to January 2010).
Since 2000 she has served as the film curator at FIAF/The French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York City, where she presents a weekly film series. She has hosted many notable directors and artists, including Raoul Coutard, William Klein, Claire Denis, Chantal Akerman, Jane Birkin, Jeanne Moreau, Jackie Raynal and Anouk Aimée.
She has also programmed experimental films at the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema and Ocularis for many years and continues to program at venues across the United States and Internationally.
She has performed in films by George Kuchar, Mike Kuchar, and Jackie Raynal, and in plays by Juliana Francis and Tony Torn.
She has also shown her work at P.S.1 (Contemporary Art Center, NYC), Tribeca Film Festival (NYC), Berlin Film Festival (Germany), Rotterdam International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia), The Seoul Film Festival (Korea), The Lausanne Film Festival (Swiss), The Wexner Art Center (OI), LUXE Gallery (NYC), Andrew Kreps Gallery (NYC), White Column Gallery (NYC), The Black Maria Film Festival(NY), The Biennial of Saint Etienne (France), The New York Underground Film Festival (NYC), Festival Nouveau Cinema (Canada), Ismailia International Film Festival (Egypt), Stockholm International Film Festival (Netherlands), Pleasure Dome (Toronto), Anthology Film Archives (NY), Ocularis (NY), Robert Beck Memorial Cinema (NYC), Detroit Film Center, Cinematexas (TX), Chicago Film Festival, British Film Institute (London), Berlin Film Kinemathek: Kino Arsenal ( Germany)Au Grand Action (Paris), MAC/VAL (Musée d’Art Contemporain, France), SANFIC in Chile, BAFICI in Argentina, Ann Arbor in the US and many others.