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Bruce High Quality Foundation Presents: L’eau De Vie

By Mike Everleth ⋅ January 21, 2007

This is one of the odder sounding things that have come over the transom lately. An arts collective calling itself the Bruce High Quality Foundation presents the free world premiere of their first feature film this Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Anthology Film Archives. The entire title of the movie is actually L’eau De Vie Un Film De Jean Luc Godard.

They don’t say who actually directed it, as it’s a group effort. However, by the short glimpse in the trailer, they do a really good job mimicking the French New Wave films of the ’60s, partly by filming on sound-synched black-and-white Super 8. I’ve embedded the trailer at the bottom of this post. And here’s a partial description of the movie:

Shot on location in Miami, Florida during the 2005 Art Basel tradeshow, L’eau De Vie is the story of one woman (Aurora Pellizzi) and an international art fair. A bellicose actor (Karim El-Tanamli), hot on the trail of a painting he has never seen, brings his arm-candy girlfriend Aurora along for a weekend trip to Art Basel Miami. While the actor and a bumbling art consultant (Nelson Figallo) pursue the elusive painting “L’eau De Vie,” Aurora meets a homegrown revolutionary (Tonatiuh Pellizzi) determined to provoke a local uprising against the flood of cultural tourists. Aurora also meets a disenchanted French artist (Jeanne Detallante) showing at the fair in the midst of an existential crisis over her own relationship to the art world.

For more info on the Bruce High Quality Foundation, you can visit their official website. Here’s the screening info again:

L’eau De Vie
Un Film De Jean Luc Godard

8pm | Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
Anthology Film Archives | 32 2nd Avenue

And here’s the trailer: