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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2019 Feature Film)

Sophie Fiennes | United Kingdom, Ireland | 2017 | doc | color | DCP | 115' | English, French | d.s.

Grace Jones (1948) has been touring the world as a pop phenomenon, model and muse for decades. Beautiful, androgynous, passionate, idiosyncratic and volatile. This observational portrait compiles several years of filming explosive performances, behind the scenes, in the studio and during a personal trip to see family in Jamaica.

Grace Jones (1948) is still stunningly beautiful, androgynous and volatile. But she’s also a toiling, hard-working musician and a warm, family-oriented person. This documentary covers every facet of the iconic performer’s life. Sophie Fiennes followed and filmed the originally Jamaican artist for a number of years. We see Jones completely in her element, ruling the stage in super-tight bodysuits, performing songs like Slave to the Rhythm and Pull Up to the Bumper as well as her latest, very personal material.

Fiennes’ camera observes her on her travels to Jamaica to reminisce with relations about her country of origin, moving to the United States and their complex family life there. Interlarded with this, shots of Jones on her way to and behind the scenes at TV shows and photo shoots. The long scenes with minimal editing and seemingly no intervention reveal a pop icon at the height of her game.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 20:00

Duration: 1:30

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 10:15

Duration: 1:30

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 21:30

Duration: 1:30

Year in Festival
Sophie Fiennes
Remko Schnorr
Grace Jones
United Kingdom
Production Design
Zia Bergin-Holly
Eiko Ishioka
Year of Production
Sophie Fiennes

Sophie FIENNES (1967, United Kingdom), Ralph and Joseph Fiennes’ sister, worked with Peter Greenaway from 1987 to 1992, after which she led the British Michael Clark Company of dancers for two years. Since 1998 she has made films, TV shows and documentaries, a number of which have been screened at IFFR.


Lars From 1-10 (1999, short), The Late Michael Clark (2000), Because I Sing (2001), Hoover Street Revival (2003), The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006), VSPRS Show and Tell (2007), Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2010), The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012), First Row Orchestra (2012, short), Hopper Stories (2012, short), Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017, doc), Artificial Things (2018, short doc)