The Deadman

The Deadman
Director: Peggy Ahwesh, Keith Sanborn

USA, experimental, 1989, 40 min

“The Deadman” is an interpretation of George Bataille’s short story by the same title. It’s also a spree of womanhood without a shadow of patriarchy. After leaving her lover’s corpse at a country house, the film’s heroine comes to a bar and announces a feast, worthy of Ancient Rome’s orgies... before coming back home to die. G. Bataille’s elegantly brutal prose and Peggy Ahwesh’s natural, almost trivial filming manner dictate the rhythmn of this film. Raising more questions than giving answers, “The Deadman” compels us to ask ourselves, am I really seeing what I’m seeing?

About the director:

Peggy Ahwesh (born in 1954, Pennsylvania, USA) is a New York based filmmaker whose works have possibly travelled through most of the world’s museums. Her films are mostly concerned with the questions of cultural identity and a woman’s role in it though the director often observes other social and political issues too. They’re thoroughly sifted through, but concrete answers are not given – let the viewer decide for himself, what is wrong and what is right. P. Ahwesh’s films are a feminine reflection of punk culture, a synthesis of documentary and experimental film.

Section: Special Screenings: Avantgarde women programme curated by Jonas Mekas

Screenplay: Georges Bataille

Dir. of Photography: Peggy Ahwesh

Cast: Jennifer Montgomery, Scott Shat, Diane Torr