Cinematheque Passion brings the glamourous “Fashion Is an Attitude” – A Film Showcase happening from June 14 to 30. Split into three sessions: “Designer! Designer!”, “Behind-the-scenes” and “On Cities and Clothiers”, the festival features eleven works that explore the relationship between fashion and film. In addition, Cinematheque Passion pays tribute to the selected films and their fashion designers by teaming up with local fashion brands, designers, make-up artists, hairstylists, models and photographers in producing compelling visuals. Costumes and hairstyles play important roles in film visuals; while Macau film workers deliver quality work. Cinematheque Passion hopes to showcase the various talents of local filmmakers and professionals.
Designer! Designer! comprised of features showing unforgettable fashion by brand designers. Starring timeless style icon Audrey Hepburn donning one outfit after another by the then-young-designer Hubert de Givenchy, Funny Face is widely considered the ultimate byword for fashion films. Japanese maestro Kitano tells three quiet yet poignant tales of love in Dolls. This colorful and exquisite work becomes an ideal stage for Yohji Yamamoto, who provided the costumes which, in the film’s near silence, seem to speak for the characters. Saint Laurent tells the story of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent when he was at the creative helm of Dior, at the young age of 21. In the hands of Jean Paul Gaultier, the costumes in The Fifth Element are an unrepeatable showcase of his futuristic aesthetics.
“Behind-the-scenes” is all about what fashion is. Different people have different interpretations. Three documentaries transport the audience into the fashion world. Jean Paul Gaultier: Freak & Chic looks back at the multi-disciplinary ‘Fashion Freak Show’ that Gaultier staged in 2018 – telling the story of his life with a most extravagant showcase of fashion, film, theatre and dance. Advanced Style documents stylish older women on the streets of New York. What started as a blog featuring these senior fashionistas evolved into a documentary depicting seven of Cohen’s subjects, in their 60s to 80s, setting out to break the stereotypes about beauty and aging with their confidently and uniquely styled outfits. Reiner Holzemer, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed documentary Dries, returns with Martin Margiela: In His Own Words, featuring another Belgian designer, the media-shy iconoclast Martin Margiela.
“On Cities and Clothiers” session looks at the urbanity of some fashion cities – Paris, Milan, New York, and Los Angeles. American director Robert Altman sets this film behind the scenes of the Paris Fashion Week in Ready to Wear. The sartorial story stars with the sudden death of the Fashion Council head which sets off a chain reaction involving his wife and her mysterious lover, probing journalists, and a heart-breaker photographer. Apart from his collaboration with multinational brands like Fendi and Valentino, Guadagnino, who shot to international fame with Call Me By Your Name, has shown his keen sense of and interest in fashion as early as in I Am Love.
Woody Allen’s early romantic classic Annie Hall captures the life of the world’s fashion capital, New York. The role of Annie (Diane Keaton) breaks from the typical feminine image, and her signature men’s tie and vest look still have its effects on the fashion world today. Her decidedly cool androgynous style made her an enduring fashion icon in film history. Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn dials his style up to the max in the intriguing The Neon Demon, immersing the audience’s senses in a mesmerizing audio-visual feast of neon lights, electronica, and carnality. Tickets are available from June 11 (Thursday, starting at 10:00am) online and at the Cinematheque Passion ticket office.
When: June 14–30, 2020
Where: Cinematheque Passion, 13 Travessa da Paixão, Macau
How much: MOP $60 per person.
Full-time students and senior citizens age 65 or above can enjoy 50% discount. Each purchase of 10 regular tickets or more can also enjoy 20% discount.
For more information, call +853 2852 2585 or check the event’s website