Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while... Read more

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Directed by Sophie Fiennes

Year: 2018
Running Time: 115
Color Type: Color
Country: U.K., Ireland
Language: English
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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

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Grace Jones

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Directed by Sophie Fiennes


This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of "Slave to the Rhythm," “Pull Up to the Bumper,” "Love is the Drug," and more. Jones herself has said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked” and, indeed, Fiennes’s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself.

Reviews

"Brilliantly and beautifully engaged in the present. A sparkling example of how to document our icons. Allows us to appreciate the reality of the artist in her most candid moments, in her own words, which is way more interesting than what we’d find in yet another standard biopic."

"A celebration of art and life. Jones herself has promised the film 'will be like seeing me almost naked.'"

“Pure energy, fierce, and empowering. If you want a rock-n- roll, sexy, feel good, empowering film, pull up to the theater in your most audacious outfit and get ready for the Grace Jones experience.”

"A sumptuous sensory treat."

"Transfixing. A joyous affair."

"A true testament to the power of style."

"The film feels as epic as the artist herself. A mix of concert doc and intimate verité, Fiennes has crafted a film that feels like Stop Making Sense via Frederick Wiseman. As an intimate look at Jones the film succeeds, as a powerful testament to her talent the film soars."

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Verge Center for the Arts Sacramento 1534392000August 16, 2018
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1533787200August 9, 2018
Little Cinema / Rochester Rochester 1532664000July 27, 2018
Grand Cinema Tacoma Tacoma 1532404800July 24, 2018
Open Roof Festival Toronto 1531886400July 18, 2018
Metro Cinema Edmonton 1531368000July 12 - July 18, 2018
Museum of the Moving Image Astoria 1530849600July 6 - July 8, 2018
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1530244800June 29 - July 5, 2018
Cinema Beaubien Montreal 1530244800June 29 - July 5, 2018
Cinema Le Clap Quebec City 1530244800June 29 - July 5, 2018
Lark Theater Larkspur 1529380800June 19 - June 25, 2018
Bytowne Cinema Ottawa 1528603200June 10 - June 12, 2018
Kahala Theater Honolulu 1527825600June 1 - June 7, 2018
TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto 1527825600June 1 - June 7, 2018
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1527220800May 25 - May 31, 2018
Roxy Hotel Cinema New York 1527220800May 25 - May 31, 2018
Violet Crown - Charlottesville Charlottesville 1527220800May 25 - May 31, 2018
Naro Expanded Cinema Norfolk 1527220800May 25 - May 28, 2018
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1527134400May 24 - May 25, 2018
Arena Cinelounge Los Angeles 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Landmark Chez Artiste Denver 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Landmark West End Cinema Washington 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Film Streams Omaha 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Film Society of Summit Summit 1526616000May 18, 2018
Regal Destiny Syracuse 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Film Scene Iowa City 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Wilmette Theatre Wilmette 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1526011200Coming Soon
Water's Edge Provincetown 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Cinemapolis Ithaca 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Row House Cinema Pittsburgh 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018


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