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Piaffe / Ann Oren

  • Country and year: Germany 2022
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 86 min
  • Director: Ann Oren
  • Writer: Ann Oren, Thais Guisasola
  • Producer(s): Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried, Kristof Gerega
  • Cinematographer: Carlos Vasquez
  • Music: Daniela Lunelli aka Munsha, ÄBVSD, VTSS
  • Cast: Simone Bucio, Sebastian Rudolph, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Bjørn Melhus, Lea Draeger, Josef Ostendorf
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Format: DCP

“An enigmatic journey of psychoactive possibility”
– Nicholas Bell / IONCINEMA.com

“A deep, intense and instinctive journey”
– Muriel Del Don / Cineuropa

“This is about as radical and forward-thinking as contemporary cinema gets”
– Paul Attard / In Review Online

“Like Walerian Borowczyk and the Quay brothers, artist and director Ann Oren fetishises objects and finds eroticism in the most surreal imagery”
– Anton Bitel / Projected Figures

“Using sci-fi to create a sexual allegory is a staple of body horror genre, just ask David Cronenberg. Now, let us introduce the body pleasure genre. No, not porn, but a character-driven drama in which personal and sexual growth synthesise in the name of erotic cinema. Visual artist Ann Oren’s debut feature Piaffe fits this exact mold, following a meek introvert in Berlin who grows a horse’s tail and has a sexual awakening. Oren’s teasing style is the perfect route into the story. Shooting on 16mm, she mounts every scene by slowly, surely feeding in key details. In other words: she has a gift for both horseplay and foreplay. —
Everything is calibrated to a unique frequency so that even though you can trace the influence of Bette Gordon, Catherine Breillat, and Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Piaffe is its own playful and majestic beast.” – Sophie Monks Kaufman / IndieWire

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