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Orlando, My Political Biography

Dir: Paul B. Preciado
98mins   2023   France   Cert TBC   French | English   

Part of QueerFest 2024 - Preview Screening

Virginia Woolf's “Orlando” tells the story of a young man who grows up to become a 36-year-old woman. Almost a century after its publication, Paul B. Preciado speaks to Virginia Woolf to tell her that her fictional character has become a reality.

The transition of Orlando's body now lies at the root of all non-binary bodies and there are Orlandos all over the world. Through the authentic voices of other young bodies undergoing metamorphosis, Preciado retraces the stages of his personal transformation through a poetic journey in which life, writing, theory and image merge freely in the search for truth.

Every Orlando, he says, is a transgender person who is risking his, her or their life on a daily basis as they find themselves forced to confront government laws, history and psychiatry, as well as traditional notions of the family and the power of multinational pharmaceutical companies.

'[A] generous and buoyant inquiry into institution and identity' - Ryan Lattanzio, indieWire



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