The Twin Sisters festival, an artistic meeting place under the sign of women and sorority

The Twin Sisters festival, an artistic meeting place under the sign of women and sorority

Photographer Charlotte Abramow and singer Suzane at the Twin Sisters festival. (Rochefort, June 22, 2022.) Franck Prevel

WE WERE THERE. From June 22 to 25, the festival created by Julie Gayet, dedicated to the meeting of music and image, celebrates its second edition under the sign of the feminine.

In The Demoiselles de Rochefortof Jacques DemyDelphine (Catherine Deneuve) and Solange (Francoise Dorleac) are twin sisters. One is blonde, the other is brunette. Both are linked by their irrepressible desire to find love, which they explore through the arts. At the sight of this cult film, Julie Gayet could not resist the urge to establish her Jumelles Sisters festival, in Rochefort, itself devoted to the encounter between cinema and music. After a first edition, held without visitors last year due to the health crisis, the event made its big comeback this Wednesday, June 22 (and until June 25), with a second part placed under the sign of women. and sisterhood.

In video, excerpt from Ladies of Rochefortby Jacques Demy

Because if this meeting aims to highlight the transversality of culture, from cinema (documentary, advertising, series, video game) to music (symphonic, electronic, urban), the event aims above all to give a visibility to the heroines who make up all these fields. As such, many artistic conversations, concerts and lively debates around these themes punctuated this first day.

Pleasure has no age

At the Coupe d’Or theater, not far from the city’s port, the singer Susan and the photographer Charlotte Abramow thus discussed with the festival-goers the subjects they address in their works, always with the feminine as a field of exploration. Both were invited on the occasion of the clip of the singer, Clit Is Good, which addresses female pleasure, and whose clip was directed by the 28-year-old photographer. “I already knew Charlotte Abramow, explained Suzane. But I chose it for the things it says and in which I recognize myself”.

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“It’s very important for me to show submissive women, who embody their bodies,” rebounded the photographer. The clip having been censored by Youtube when it was released, Suzane regretted that the subject was still so taboo. “All women can have fun. There is no age for that. Very often the actresses, we see them in the films, when they still represent beauty and youth”, she lamented.

Charlotte Abramow and Suzane signed a few autographs at the end of their conversation, at the Coupe d’Or theater. Franck Prevel

The feminine to explore

A few minutes later, four other women took their place on the stage of the Théâtre de la Coupe d’Or, during the Women in Motion talk, in partnership with Kering, and hosted by journalist Marilyne Letertre. The latter received three promising female directors, including Audrey Diwan (The event), Eva Husson (girls of the sun) and Valerie Donzelli (Nona and her daughters). After viewing excerpts from their works, they reflected on their experiences as women behind the camera. “I’m a bit my work tool, explained Valérie Donzelli. I talk about experiences that I know, whether it’s the girl being dumped or the illness.

Audrey Diwan, Eva Husson, Valérie Donzelli and journalist Marilyne Letertre, during the Women in Motion talk. Franck Prevel

For her part, Audrey Diwan, whose film The event addresses the issue of abortion, said a few words about the importance of making films on women’s issues. “There are great areas of unsaid when we talk about the female body and how it is born on the screen, she expressed. I feel like it’s all the more exciting (as a director, Editor’s note) because there is a lot to say and do”.

The surprise

The event continued with the opening ceremony, which took place at the end of the day in the presence of its founding members, including Julie Gayet, and its partners, including SACEM and the National Audiovisual Institute. A first show, animated by images from the INA archives, was punctuated by the voice of soprano Yara Kasti. The evening followed its course with a highly anticipated show, called One sings, the other doesn’t, in tribute to the director Agnès Varda. The festival surprised its festival-goers by inviting singer Jeanne Cherhal and Benjamin Biolay to take the stage for a breathtaking duet, covering the song Words, words by Dalida and Alain Delon.

In video, excerpt from The Eventby Audrey Diwan

This big event, which already promises to become a must, continued this Thursday, June 23. At 6.30 p.m., still at the Théâtre de la Coupole, an artistic conversation will take place in the presence of Jeanne Cherhal and Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes film festival. On June 25, actress Michèle Laroque will be there to close this new edition. The latter will address the themes of dance and music in collaboration with the dancer Sofiane Chalal.


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