Previously at the ICA - Films

Shulie, Elisabeth Subrin, 1997

Club des Femmes and ICA present: Elisabeth Subrin Shorts Programme + Q&A

8 Jul 2017

Elisabeth Subrin will be present for a Q&A hosted by Isabel Stevens (Sight & Sound) following the screening

This programme features key works by filmmaker, screenwriter and visual artist Elisabeth Subrin: Shulie, Lost Tribes and Promised Lands and Sweet Ruin. Presented in collaboration with Club des Femmes.


  • Shulie

    Shulie, Elisabeth Subrin, USA 1997, 16mm, 36 mins
    Subrin’s celebrated portrait of a woman on the verge of becoming a revolutionary restages shot by shot a lost 1967 documentary about art student Shulamith Firestone who later became a key figure in the development of radical feminism. The film reflects on the legacy of feminism, and on how much things seems to have changed yet fundamentally remained the same. This screening marks the re-release of Shulie, which has been out of circulation since 2012.

  • Lost Tribes and Promised Lands

    Lost Tribes and Promised Lands, Elisabeth Subrin, USA, 2010, digital projection, 6 mins
    An insightful study of the ways in which cities change, this film combines 16mm footage that Subrin shot in the days after 9/11 of memorial displays around Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the same sites nearly a decade later. The passage of time and ravages of gentrification are immediately apparent as Subrin has difficulty retracing her steps. The disjunctions between each moment in space and time, however, are not easily attributed to one or the other as loss builds upon loss.

  • Sweet Ruin

    Sweet Ruin, Elisabeth Subrin, USA, 2008, digital projection, 10 mins
    Shot on damaged 16mm film stock, this radical adaptation of Michelangelo Antonioni’s script for his unmade film, Technically Sweet, stars Gaby Hoffmann in roles originally written for Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider. Hoffmann blurs the lines between  Nicholson’s T. and Schneider’s The Girl by retaining her femininity as both characters. A meditation on love, violence and cinema presented as a dual projection, Sweet Ruin will be screened here for the first time in a theatrical setting.


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