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Published on Oct 19, 2014
“Francesca” is a poetic account of moments in the life of American photographer Francesca Woodman, who committed suicide by jumping out of an East Village, New York City apartment window in 1981 at age 22.
Filmed in the wilderness of Quebec, Canada, the film reveals Francesca in solitude “in her patterned, dishabille of flowered flea market dresses”, whose prints are analogous to the plants in the surrounding landscape.
"Francesca" was directed by art photographer and filmmaker, Gaëna da Sylva. da Sylva’s abstract poetic short films combine the magic of movement and static photography often using a multi-layered approach. In this art film, da Sylva portrays Woodman with shadowy imagery, suffusing the lyrics, “ghostly images appear like gossamer blurred apparitions” of singer-songwriter and musician Bill Madden. _______________________________________________________________________________________
In her patterned Dishabille Of flowered flea Market dresses A naked limb An arm, a leg A breast, and yet her Face not in the frame Francesca The mystery begins
Ghostly images Appear like Gossamer blurred Apparitions Velvet, fur Taffeta, tulle A shutter blinks You dissolve into yourself Francesca Your secret is hidden
Life she said, is like Old coffee-cup sediment
Almost thirty years And now I’m looking down From a similar window As you leapt To the littered street I wonder what release Was in your mind Francesca That cold That cold That cold January
All she left Are negatives And silver gelatin All she left Are negatives And silver gelatin