VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Sophie Fiennes
GB/IRL/D, 2017
Documentaries, 115min, OF

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Sophie Fiennes
GB/IRL/D, 2017
Documentaries, 115min, OF

Contributors: 
Grace Jones
Jean-Paul Goude
Sly & Robbie
Camera: 
Remko Schnorr
Editor: 
Sophie Fiennes
Composer: 
Grace Jones
Ivor Guest
Production: 
Blinder Films
Sligoville
Amoeba Film
BBC Films
Bord Scannan na hEireann / Irish Film Board
Roads Entertainment
ZDF/Arte
World Sales: 
WestEnd Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

Grace Jones, the statuesque Jamaican model-turned-singer, actress and icon has made a career performing versions of herself. But who is the real Grace Jones behind the masks and makeup? This film moves between her personae onstage and off. This is no traditional music biography with sit-down interviews and archival footage.This treatment is as stylish and unconventional as its subject. In the subtitle, “bloodlight” refers to the studio signal for recording and “bami” is a Jamaican flatbread. They stand for art and life. With GRACE JONES, filmed over 10 years, we gain entry to her private spaces: her family in Jamaica, in the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and in Paris with her one-time image maker and lover, Jean-Paul Goude. In negotiations glimpsed on camera, she demonstrates that you wouldn’t want to go against her. “Sometimes you have to be a high-flying bitch.” Yet we also catch her in sweet and vulnerable moments. (Thom Powers)