VIFF: Piaffe

In modern-day Berlin, Eva, a timid foley artist, moves around the world with both curiosity and caution. If quiet enough, she can be invisible to others, allowing her to explore parts of humanity most of us could never imagine. Her latest project, creating sound effects for a medication commercial starring a dark bay horse, releases Eva from her past inhibitions and transforms her physical form beyond the realm of possibility.

Described as an “erotic and sexual neo-Buñuelian pas de deux” (Clarisse Fabre, Le Monde), director Ann Oren fearlessly examines the extremes of the human sexual appetite and self-acceptance in this tale of magical realism. The film is the director’s adaptation of her own short film Passage (starring Colombian-German artist Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, who appears in this film as Eva’s troubled sibling Zara) which explored similar themes in a condensed format. In Piaffe, actress Simone Bucio offers audiences a daring performance as a woman, who, by exploring her innermost desires, becomes undeniably visible.


Saturday, October 8
Doors 1:00 pm | Movie 1:30 pm
Advance tickets through here


Tickets for all Vancouver International Film Festival screenings at the Rio Theatre are managed through VIFF, and can be made in advance via their ticketing service at www.viff.orgTickets may also be purchased at the box office; or any VIFF venues subject to availability.

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When her sibling Zara suffers a nervous breakdown, the introvert Eva is forced to take on Zara’s job as a Foley artist. She struggles to create sounds for a commercial featuring a horse, and then a horsetail starts growing out of her body. Empowered by her tail, she lures a botanist into an affair, through a game of submission. Piaffe is a visceral journey into control, gender, and artifice.

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