‘The Demons of Dorothy’: A Subversive, Demon-Haunted Rumination on Transphobia Streams in Unifrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival

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‘The Demons of Dorothy’: A Subversive, Demon-Haunted Rumination on Transphobia Streams in Unifrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival

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‘The Demons of Dorothy’: A Subversive, Demon-Haunted Rumination on Transphobia Streams in Unifrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival

Alexis Langlois won both the Junior Jury Award and the Silver Pardino in the Leopards of Tomorrow section at the Locarno Intl. Film Festival in 2021 with his meta, genre-bending fantasy short “The …

MyFrenchFilmFestivalMelodramaahead of the film’s MyFrenchFilmFestival streaming premiere.Congratulations on all the attention your film got over the last year, especially the wins at Locarno! Were you able to travel much with the film at all?Yes, absolutely. Dorothy’s story is about the financing campaign of my last movie, “Terror, Sisters!,” and written for my close friends. It’s the story about how these four transgender friends met and plan to avenge themselves against transphobia that they face daily. Each of them imagines a storyline that we included. Like four separate movies. It’s an activist comedy with a hint of revenge movie. Obviously, several film commissions to which we showed the storyline responded badly to the project. They didn’t like the film’s aesthetic or the political dimension. Sometimes, those organizations even demonstrated transphobia. Dorothy humorously recounts all the comments these straights have on queer and political cinema.

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Film Festival in 2021 with his meta, genre-bending fantasy short “The Demons of Dorothy.” Now, the film looks to close out an impressive international run with its streaming premiere at Unifrance Rendez-Vous’ MyFrenchFilmFestival . Sure, he’s Jewish and an atheist and has dabbled in the satanic, at least on his Adult Swim show. Semi-autobiographical, the bathed-in-pink, over-the-top action short features demons, hallucinations and blood-thirsty biker lesbians that fight against the patriarchy. The Patriots were trying to answer a Josh Allen touchdown drive so peppered with hammering runs and balletic, improbable passes that the stadium was already a deafening cacophony of ’80s metal riffs and hollering fans in industrial ski gear, sipping homemade liquid courage from Aquafina water bottles turned cocktail shakers. In the short, Dorothy (Justine Langlois), the film’s protagonist, is a queer filmmaker struggling against censorship, closed-minded financing bodies and her own personal insecurities. On the new season of The Righteous Gemstones, which premiered Sunday, André plays Lyle Lissons, a celebrity preacher who represents the new generation of megachurch worship in contrast to Eli Gemstone’s (John Goodman) old guard. When stumped by a screenplay, her demons take physical form and torment her through the night, offering to make her wildest dreams come true if only she will start making more mainstream films. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor had a step on Bills cornerback Levi Wallace, and Jones must have thought he had enough leeway to pull the trigger on a deep shot.

Melodrama and Les Films du Poisson produced the short, which featured a cast of Langlois regulars who are quickly becoming regulars of the French queer film scene. André spoke with Vulture before the premiere about how preachers are like WWE wrestlers, actors are like furniture, and horses are like demons straight from hell. He did not count on the defiance of physics. Langlois wrote the short, but not without significant input from regular collaborators, particularly co-writer Carlotta Coco. Langlois spoke with ahead of the film’s MyFrenchFilmFestival streaming premiere.” He goes, “Did anyone ever tell you you look like Eric Andratti?” I go, “Nope! Not specifically that, but I’ve gotten similar comments. “The Demons of Dorothy” Credit: Melodrama, Les Films du Poisson Congratulations on all the attention your film got over the last year, especially the wins at Locarno! Were you able to travel much with the film at all? Yes, I actually did get the chance to go to Locarno and I went to London to the Sicilia Queer Filmfest and Fringe! The movie traveled without me as well. Even if he’d been purposely baiting Jones, he would have never left that much of a cushion. Does this film work out some of your own frustrations concerning censorship, funding and expectations that you’ve experienced as a filmmaker? Yes, absolutely. I’ll tell you why it didn’t happen: Notice the age range of the people we pranked. This was an all-out track and field dash toward the football in an attempt to prevent his opponents from believing the illusion they belonged here at all.

Dorothy’s story is about the financing campaign of my last movie, “Terror, Sisters!,” and written for my close friends. It’s the story about how these four transgender friends met and plan to avenge themselves against transphobia that they face daily. You don’t notice a lot of skateboarders in the movie. Arms out, at Agholor’s ear hole, with Agholor’s arms stretched out wide awaiting the pass, expecting it to be there. Each of them imagines a storyline that we included. Like four separate movies. I forgot about that. It’s an activist comedy with a hint of revenge movie. He was the last guy on the screen trailing Damien Harris at the tail end of a 67-yard touchdown run. He was the last guy on the screen trailing Damien Harris at the tail end of a 67-yard touchdown run.

Obviously, several film commissions to which we showed the storyline responded badly to the project. That can go south, though, because what if somebody has a heart attack or something? Or poop themselves. They didn’t like the film’s aesthetic or the political dimension. Sometimes, those organizations even demonstrated transphobia. When you last spoke with Vulture, Bad Trip wasn’t out yet. For so long, the Patriots have manipulated the AFC East to their liking. Dorothy humorously recounts all the comments these straights have on queer and political cinema. Your film reflects on the struggle many filmmakers face in trying to maintain their original voice while also catering to the mainstream. What’s it been like to get that kind of reception? It was so heartwarming after making the movie and trying to get it to see the light of day. That they could get out-coached under the bright lights.

I wonder, have you found yourself making compromises to make more “mainstream” films in the past? I don’t think I’ve ever compromised. That their own arctic environment could be turned against them. I do now understand that to tell the stories I want, I have to write them in a way in which reality is recognized. Between that and Righteous Gemstones, you’ve done a lot of line dancing and Florida-based, Americana-themed comedy this year. In general, it tends to go better when the story is grounded in some ways. Sometimes in France we don’t really like genre films so much. We were talking about a different project, and then he hit me up for this, and I put myself on tape and booked it. The Bills quickly scored again and again (and again). How have you seen audience preferences evolve since you started making your own films? Since I started making short films a lot of things have changed, and that’s great. The end result was a demolition that let loose a primal exorcism for a fan base that needed to see New England convincingly in their rearview mirror before they could once again affix their eyes on a Super Bowl pipe dream.

There are plenty of queer and alternative filmmakers speaking out. I love Danny, and I love everything that they put out. We feel that our community is finding the means to tell its own stories and that’s incredible. Can you talk a bit about designing the sets for this short and what was required to make them a reality? Everything was done in the studio. I just think they’re a really smart team of people, and they’re state-of-the-art as far as scripted comedy goes. It was very important for me to give the film a “dollhouse” dimension to embrace the dreamlike nature of the story. Thanks to the incredible work of the decoration team, particularly of decoration manager Barnabé d’Hauteville, but also of the cinematographer Marine Atlan, we have created childish and scary settings with expressionist pink lights. So it was like, I’m a fan of their work, and hell yes, I want to collaborate.

A mix between everyday life and magic. A kind of queer “Wizard of Oz. It wasn’t that masterminded.” Similarly, the makeup and special effects are outstanding. To whom does the credit go for that work? We invented make-up with Frédéric Lainé from Atelier 69. Bad Trip was a road-trip movie. We imagined fairy-tale witches and demons in a contemporary universe.

His demons have access to cosmetic surgery. It wasn’t cynical, it wasn’t punching down, and it wasn’t trying to embarrass people. In their world, the more successful they are, the more their skin tense, on the other hand, those at the bottom of the demonic social scale have the skin that hangs down. It was important for me that there was a storytelling aspect, but also a grotesque mix with references to botox, because we are in Dorothy’s head. Your character, Lyle Lissons, is introduced as this counterpoint to Jesse Gemstone. What are you working on now? Any plans to shoot a feature-length film in the future? Yes, I’m working on a feature film that I should be shooting at the start of next year, “Les reines du drame.” It’s a queer romantic comedy that tells the love story between two French singers over 50. What was it like to film those scenes, playing the high-status one shaking things up? What is the energy like on set? Those guys are really nice.

Their history is battered by the ups and downs of their careers. Even if they are French, the model singers are American, it’s a bit like if Mariah Carey had a romance with Courtney Love. They create a very welcoming and nourishing environment. Alex Langlois .