American underground musician Amanda Kramer has turned her vibrant vision to the seventh art with an aesthetic that is wild yet probing. Showcasing bold performances, and grappling with the unknowability and instability of life and human psychology, her films push cinema to its limits. IFFR proudly presents a focus programme of these short and feature films, including two world premieres: Please Baby Please and Give Me Pity!
Focus: Amanda Kramer
After years of helming her own underground dance label, American musician Amanda Kramer has turned her vibrant vision to the realm of film. Kramer takes inspiration from art, theatre, music and fashion to push cinema to its limits.
Next to her widely admired short films, Bark, Intervene, Request and Sin Ultra, this programme presents four feature films, including two world premieres: IFFR 2022’s opening film Please Baby Please and Give Me Pity!. In the almost-musical Please Baby Please, a 1950s bohemian couple finds their sexuality and senses awakened after they encounter a reckless street gang. Give Me Pity! tells the story of a young performer giving the show of her life in her VHS-filmed TV special, crammed with disco balls and glitter outfits – offset by a lingering feeling of unease. Is that shadowy figure lurking behind the scenes a stalker or a figment of the actress’s imagination?
From a doppelganger conundrum in her debut feature Paris Window and a sleepover turned apocalyptic in LadyWorld – Kramer’s films use bold choreographed performances to grapple with the unreality of life and seek out the edges of human psychology.