Director: M. M. Serra

USA, experimental, 1988, 3 min

“Turner” is an especially feminine and delicate film by M. M. Serra, an American avant-garde filmmaker; subtle, yet bursting with energy. An experiment of wonderful colour followed by poetic, mysteriously sounding words is unfolding on the screen – as if it was a confession. As if it was an exercise of sensuous gymnastics.

About the director:

It would be a depreciation to call M. M. Serra only a filmmaker. It’s a walking whirl of energy, drawing in the people round about. This is the impression one gets after overlooking her wide spectrum of activity: writer, film director, teacher and director of the New York Film-Makers' Cooperative. It’s no wonder that East Village is inconceivable without the loud sound of her roaring laughter and her sense of irony, for, after all, M. M. stands for Mary Magdalene, according to her. A particularly wide intellectual view, a sense of humour, and a strong belief in the honesty of feelings lying beneath that – these are plainly seen in her films too.

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

Dir. of Photography: M. M. Serra