Finished Short Films - The Touch
Writer/Director/Producer: Jane Clark
Cinematographer: Adam Tash
Cast: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie
Renee Vivien was a well-known lesbian poet who lived in Paris, France from late 1800's to 1909 when she died of pleurosy complicated by alcholism and anorexia. She wrote beautiful, intimate poems about the women she loved and the heartache and heartbreak she endured.
In 1904 she received a letter from an admirer, Kerime, a Muslim and wife of a Turkish diplomat. They carried on a torrid letter-writing affair over a 4 year period, only meeting in person on a few occasions. In 1908, Kerime finally moved with her husband to St Petersburg and ended the affair. "The Touch" is a short film, imagining their last moments together and complemented by Renee's poem, "The Touch" (see below) which acts as an almost musical embellishment.
The Touch (2009)
POEM - THE TOUCH, BY RENEE VIVIEN
The trees have kept some lingering
sun in their branches,
Veiled like a woman, evoking another time,
The twilight passes, weeping.My fingers climb,
Trembling,provocative, the line of your haunches.
My ingenious fingers wait when they have found
The petal flesh beneath the robe they part.
How curious, complex, the touch, this subtle art--
As the dream of fragrance, the miracle of sound.
I follow slowly the graceful contours of your hips,
The curves of your shoulders, your neck, your
In your white voluptuousness my desire rests,
Swooning, refusing itself the kisses of your lips.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Perlen Film Fest (Germany)
Milan Gay and Lesbian
Long Island Gay and Lesbian
Michygn Women's Film Fest
Ljubjana Gay and Lesbian
Spokane Gay and Lesbian
Slovenia Gay and Lesbian
Barcelona Gay and Lesbian
Woods Hole Film Festival
GAZE (Dublin Gay and Lesbian
Tampa Int'l Gay and Lesbian
Fresno Gay and Lesbian
Paris Lesbian and Feminist Film Fest
No. Carolina Gay and Lesbian
Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian
Provincetown Film Festival
Montreal World Film Festival
Connecticut Gay and Lesbian
Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival
Ft Worth Gay and Lesbian
** WINNER Best Dramatic Short **
Cannes Short Corner
Northampton Independent Film Festival
DC Independent Film Festival
Boston Gay and Lesbian
Belgian Gay and Lesbian
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