NICOLA COSTANTINO : THE ARTEFACTA
Official selection ‘DARE’ at the BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL.DARE SECTION
Kate Taylor – BFI London Film Festival. Programmer
Cinema is a risky business and Dare favours the brave. Here you’ll find filmmakers pushing the limits in myriad ways, to reward adventurous viewers. Chemsex gets us going with drug-fuelled orgies, Happy Hour does slow-burn with a 5-hour duration, Sunrise takes neo-noir to rain-lashed extremes, and Lucifer does it all in a circle. Buffy the talking hamster, as voiced by Isabella Rossellini in Closet Monster, is this year’s Dare spirit animal, Entertainment gives us a new king of anti-comedy, while Nicola Costantino, bathing with soap made of her own body fat, is our new queen.
Argentina 2015 (English subtitles)
Director Natalie Cristiani
Producer Buenos Aires Ciudad & INCAA
Co-producer Francesca Chiappetta
Screenwriters Nicola Costantino, Natalie Cristiani
With Nicola Costantino, Aquiles Costantino, Gabriel Valansi
Sales Coccinelle Film Placement
‘A fascinating look into the world of a fascinating artist, Nicola Constantino: the Artefacta, is a beautifully crafted film exploring the philosophies, work and life of a thought-provoking artist who in every sense of the word ‘lives’ her art.’ Hot Docs 2015
‘Stand back Lady Gaga! Haute couture creations meets Taxidermy: The Life and Art of Nicola Costantino.’ Winehouse Magazine
‘More than a film about an artist, this is an expressive, painterly and beautifully cinematic look into the inner musings of an enigmatic and intellectual creative soul.’ POV Magazine
The introduction and Q&A on 17 October will be BSL interpreted.
Laure Bonville – BFI London Film Festival. Programmer
Nicola Costantino is one of Argentina’s most controversial and talented artists. The daughter of a plastic surgeon, she draws inspiration from the peculiar and macabre, creating disturbing and strangely beautiful pieces of work comprised of molds of human skin, giant pig balls or, in the case of ‘Savon de corps’, a soap made out of her own fat. She also represented Argentina at the 2013 Biennale with her intense and emotional video performance on Eva Perón. The artist’s unique and rigorous craftsmanship is revealed as she prepares for the Biennale, and her reflections on identity, mortality and desire are elegantly captured in this singular documentary. Focusing on the artist’s proclivity for articulating her own creative process, filmmaker Natalie Cristiani presents a sophisticated and compelling portrait of Costantino’s world. An immersive and daring look into an enfant terrible’s mind with a very unconventional perception of beauty.