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Experimenta

Vampire Power: Vampir-Cuadecuc + Mark of Lillith

+ discussion with academic Roger Luckhurst (editor, Cambridge Companion to Dracula) and artist Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah

Sink your teeth into our exploration of two experimental takes on vampire movies.

Image from Vampire Power: Vampir-Cuadecuc + Mark of Lillith + discussion with academic Roger Luckhurst (editor, Cambridge Companion to Dracula) and artist Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah

Total runtime 120min

An intensely experimental vampire movie like no other, both jarring and atmospheric, Vampir-Cuadecuc (1972) was shot guerrilla-style on set during production of Jess Franco’s Count Dracula, using high-contrast b&w 16mm. Director Pere Portabella spins haunting new narratives around this classic gothic tale and connects it to dictator-era Spain, in which it was made. We also screen Mark of Lillith (1986, Dirs Polly Gladwin, Isiling Mack-Nataf, Bruna Fionda), in which black lesbian filmmaker Zena meets Lillia, a white, undead wraith – deconstructing the traditional image of the vampire and exploring the politics of race and relationships.

Also available on BFI Player.

This special event forms an adjunct to the London-wide season A Worm Tail’s View is Often the True One: Films by Pere Portabella.



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