January 2015, living archive

Rising Stars, Falling Stars – We Must Have Music!: "Golden Eighties"

GOLDEN EIGHTIES, 1985

During her search for musical highlights in Arsenal's film collection, the artist and performer Vaginal Davis stumbled on a film composition by Chantal Akerman: The musical GOLDEN EIGHTIES (Belgium 1985) is set in a fictional shopping arcade in Brussels whose hair salons and clothing stores provide the stage for grand emotions. There is desire, adoration, attempts at seduction and lovers meeting again after a long time. In the neon light of the shop windows, between the snack-bars and the escalators flow tears, but there is also laughter, dancing and singing. After the screening on 25 January Ms. Davis will serve up drinks, music and gossip as always in Kino 2.