The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY
Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Queer 'TEDDY AWARD' prize
“The jury gives the best documentary award to The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye by Marie Losier. This film draws us into a whole new magical world of diversity where anything is possible; genders change, identities shift and two people can become one through pandrogyny. The jury feels that nobody could tell the story of this once in a lifetime love affair like Ms Losier, a filmmaker with the unique imagination to match her film’s subjects and the compassion to tell an extraordinary tale of queer pioneers into a simple and universal tale of love.”
GRAND PRIZE Indilisboa (Portugal)
CALIGARI AWARD Berlin Film Festival-Forum
AUDIENCE AWARD Buenos Aires Film Festival
ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD-Outfest Film Festival (Los Angeles)
SPECIAL MENTION International Competition (Chile)
AUDIENCE AWARD FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA (Quebec)
Here's an intimate, affecting portrait of the life and work of ground-breaking performance artist and music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV), his other half and collaborator Lady Jaye, and their mutual expression of unity which lead them to becoming near-duplicates of each other.
Undergoing body modification surgery resulted in daring sexual transformations and the melding of their bodies. They called it the “Pandrogyne” project.
"It is neither a documentary nor a rockumentary. Rather, it is a love story and a touching one." -FILM THREAT
"Epic romance and art were among their accomplishments… so was looking alike. Man, if you think you and your partner are co-dependent, check these two out! They met in a fetish dungeon, and spent years having plastic surgery to look more like one another." -qPDX.com
"Losier’s film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art." -THE NEW YORKER
Opens March 16, TIFF/ Bell Lightbox, Toronto
April 1, 2, 11 & 12, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver
April 6 - 10, Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa
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FILMS WE LIKE ACQUIRES
MARIE LOSIER'S "THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE"
Deal Happens Preceding Premiere at Hot Docs on Wednesday
Toronto, Ontario (MAY 3, 2011) – Films We Like proudly announced it has acquired Canadian distribution rights to Marie Losier's touching documentary THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, which premieres Wednesday evening at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Films We LIke will handle distribution of the film which is slated to open in October across Canada.
The festival favourite and award-winning documentary has screened at top international festivals including Berlin (winning Teddy and Caligari Awards) SXSW, Tribeca and BAFICI (winning the audience award ) will make its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs on Wednesday.
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE is an intimate, affecting portrait of the life and work of ground-breaking performance artist and music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centred around the daring sexual transformations the pair underwent for their “Pandrogyne” project.
Filmmaker, artist and curator, Marie Losier, was born in France in 1972, and has been living and working in New York City for the past seventeen years. She creates singular portraits of vanguard filmmakers, musicians, composers and artists including Guy Maddin, Tony Conrad and the Kuchar Brothers.
“More then a portrait of an artist”, said Ron Mann, doc vet and distributor, “it is an epic love story that is emotionally arresting. I'm thrilled Films We Like will be able to bring THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE to Canadian audiences.
Films We Like is handling five films at Hot Docs including : Jay Cheels BEAUTY DAY, Jon Foy's RESURRECT DEAD THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES, David Weissman's WE WERE HERE and recently announced CONAN O’BRIEN CAN'T STOP.
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