Lezzieflick

Deconstruction, a term still fashionable for describing the methods of experimental film and evaluating its result, always promises a lot and often delivers too little. But in the case of Nana Swiczinsky’s Lezzieflick a positive relationship to the postmodern comes to the forefront: as though effortlessly, the film presents the results of a (foreseeable) failure in the search for depictions of women’s erotic relationships among general stocks of images. Women’s clichés from picture agents and porno posters are found, a discovery that at first glance is not very amusing: Dull, pale, pixel-filled images of rigid women’s poses on the telephone, during a massage, having sex. However, by means of a morphing technique, with her usual sovereign handwork Swiczinsky creates a movement in these flat pictures that delves their depths.

Not only do the lips, fingers, and fists of the women move into one another and in succession, the pictures create spaces, as it were. These spaces arise, technically speaking, in a complex compositing process: several motifs are superimposed in one image, placed in one view. Yet aesthetically speaking, Swiczinsky generates these spaces through her confrontation with the diagnosis of a pictorial non-site (of lesbian sex, of women’s love); the spaces in Lezzieflick are other spaces, heterotopes, impossible possibilities. Flashing (flickering) in Lezzieflick’s preliminary pictorial spaces is that which in the found material of journalistic clichés and jerk-off magazines is tightly lashed down and excluded: An outcome that one can only hope to achieve in any attempt at deconstruction. (Andrea B. Braidt)
Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt



Lezzieflick is a deconstructive remix of stereotypical representations of lesbian sex in hetero porn. The body forms become fluid, continually changing, and the women no longer appear to be available as the passive object of voyeuristic desire. The content of the image as well as the usual position of the subject are shifted. The material of the film appears to dissolve in satisfaction. Is there such thing as beautiful ‘hardcore’ camera work?
(production note)

Orig. Title
Lezzieflick
Year
2008
Country
Austria
Duration
7 min
Director
Nana Swiczinsky
Category
Animation/Pixilation
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
Lezzieflick (Image)
Credits
Director
Nana Swiczinsky
Music
Andi Haller
Animation
Nana Swiczinsky
Available Formats
Betacam SP NTSC (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
4:3
Format of Sound
stereo
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Format of Color
colour
Betacam SP PAL (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
4:3
Format of Sound
stereo
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Format of Color
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2008
Wien - Tricky Women / Animationsfilmfestival
Split - Festival of New Film and Video
Lissabon - Queerlisboa Lesbian & Gay Festival
Barcelona Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Graz - le.f.t - lesbische.film.tage
Los Angeles - AFI American Film Institute Festival
Jihlava Documentary Film Festival
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
2009
Toronto - Inside Out / Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival
Gainsville (USA) - FLEX
Hamburg - Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Querfeld
Dallas - Video Festival
Victoria - Antimatter Underground Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
New York MIX-NY, Queer Film Festival
2010
Dortmund / Köln - Internationales Frauenfilmfestival
Milano - Lesbian & Gay Film Festival