This short film is a queer, feminist and experimental work that began in 2009 and came to fruition in the spring of 2013.
Spermwhore is a queer experimental film about unwanted childlessness in a world where normative heterosexual relationships dictate who can become parents and in what way. When it comes to reproduction our merciless bodies reduce us to merely a set sex or given gender. But the longing for children is not limited to our bodies, and the possibility of pregnancy can be gifted, shared and undertaken together.
Read more about the working process in the book Queer Moving Images.
“Anna Linder’s Spermwhore is a film years in the making, and finally brings the festival the queer text it has been lacking up to this point. The film, making beautiful use of Super 8mm stock, is explicitly focused on queer bodies, parenthood and the destruction of heteronormative power structures. Spermwhore argues that families should resemble any form that provides love and care for a child, and proclaims the two-parent (wealthy, straight) unit dead. This is a powerful, intersectional feminist text, and one that should be seen by all who love experimental film.”
By Ben Harrison, Exclaim!. Review from Images Festival, Toronto. Published Apr 17, 2016.
“The title of Anna Linder’s experimental film sounds like the first in a series of highly successful bukake flicks. But the Swedish artist’s contribution is actually a look at the challenges of procreation outside of normative hetero couplings. Using a combination of colour and black and white Super 8, she and her crew shot different types of textiles in motion to create a room with constant flickering spots and swirling sound. Though the piece was inspired partly by Linder’s own life, there’s no literal story on display here. Rather, the film aims to create a highly abstracted representation of the emotions associated with longing for children, pregnancy and miscarriage through a queer lens. Aside from the additional challenges queer reproduction brings, Spermwhore examines queer parenting as an act that’s as political as it is personal, from the initial longing for a child to the overwhelming joy that comes with success after years of trying.”
By Chris Dupois, Daily Xtra. Published April 13, 2016.
|Production facts||A film by Anna Linder; 2016, 12 min, 4:3, color/bw, sound 5.1, original format: super-8, screening format: DCP|
|Cast||Anna Linder, Hanna Högstedt, Juli Apponen, Zafire Vrba and Niika Linder, Rio Gäredal|
|Cinematographers||Maja Borg and Annika Busch|
|Editor and Super-8 Treatment||Maja Borg|
|Lyrics||Anna Linder, Hanna Högstedt, Juli Apponen, Zafire Vrba|
|Graphic design||Josefin Herolf|
|Colorist||Per Sjökvist, Filmlance International|
|Online||Jonas Eriksson, Filmlance International|
|Tattoo||Sole, StaDemonia Tattoo Barcelona|
|Filmed on a Beaulieu 6008 PRO|
|Production company||Big Human Productions 2016|
|Financial Support by The Swedish Research Council, Valand Academy and The Swedish Film Institute, film commissioners Andreas Fock and Andra Lasmanis|
|Contact and Distribution Worldwide||CFMDC – Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, bookings(at)cfmdc.org, www.cfmdc.org
HEURE EXQUISE ! – Centre International pour les Arts Vidéo, contact(at)exquise.org, www.heure-exquise.org
Anna Linder +46 70 6430151, mail(at)annalinder.se
|Festival Distribution||Jing Haase +46 8 6651133, jing.haase(at)filminstitutet.se|
|Spermwhore||is part of the research project Queer Moving Images at Valand Academy|
Photo: Maja Borg
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