Her Voice is a blend of autobiographical reflections indistinguishably intertwined with the story of three female icons: Lola Montez, Hildegard von Bingen and Betty Boop, who are all played by Lisbeth Gruwez. A corporeal language of spasms and ‘crazy’ poses aids in dissecting the forced masquerade of women as ‘femme fatale’, ‘mystic’ and ‘sex toy’. The visual vocabulary keeps a fine balance between suggestion and representation in order to provoke an intimate experience. Her Voice offers an enigmatic stream of consciousness that resists conventional narrative expectations. Somewhere between the desperate Boop-Oop-a-Doop’s of a vintage Betty Boop and the film experiments of Maya Deren. Her Voice reflects a woman’s subjectivity and her relation to the external world.
Director – Silvia Defrance
Writer – Silvia Defrance
Producers – Sylvia Defrance & Eurydice Gysel (Czar Film & Tv)
Cinematographer – Maximiliaan Dierickx
Editor – Silvia Defrance
Art Director – Silvia Defrance
Cast – Lisbeth Gruwez
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Supported by Research Fund Kask HoGent, City of Ghent
Silvia Defrance studied Animation Film at the School of Arts in Ghent / KASK where she graduated as a Master in the Audiovisual Arts and later, during 2012 she obtained a practice based PhD in Audiovisual Arts at the same school in collaboration with UGent university. In 2008 Silvia wrote, directed and produced ‘Candy Darling’, a crossover short film (26’) which bridges the gap between live action and CGI. The film was selected and screened at various film festivals around the world, was sold to the Belgian television station Canvas and won several international awards. ‘Her Voice’ is part of a personal research project within the framework of her practical PhD in Audiovisual Arts that she finished in September 2012.
- Selected for Experiments in Cinema Albuquerque at Festival Visualizame Audiovisual, 2016
- Selected for Mujer at Social Machinery Festival, 2016
- Selected for Avantura International Film Festival, 2016
- Selected for Fincortex Festival, 2016