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‘She’ and ‘he’ fall in love at first sight. The only complication? She’s already married to another man. At first glance, Yes might seem to be about a typical love affair, yet she and he are quite different. There is desire and taboo, but no sweet words of love. They don\'t even have names. ‘She’ is an Irish American scientist married to a philandering politician, and ‘he’ is a Lebanese surgeon now living in exile and working as a cook. In this new film about the politics of love, Sally Potter, the director of Orlando, addresses myriad conflicts and contradictions in contemporary society: sex, class, religion, race and marriage. She and he meet in London and fall in love, but remain strangers to one another. After breaking off the affair, he returns to Beirut, but it is no different from London now, just another unfamiliar place. The lovers meet again to make love in another strange place where they have no ties. Like Orlando who transcended gender, history, time and space through multiple rebirths, she and he embark on a personal odyssey that takes them from London and Belfast to Beirut and Havana, only to be reborn as who they really are: free of social labels and constraints. Potter’s unique, experimental film style utilizes a fascinating mix of jump cuts, motion-blurred shots, and inner monologue to portray the love affair with realism and unbearable eroticism. (Mo Eun-young)
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Sally POTTER’s bold adaptation of Virginia WOOLF’s classic novel, Orlando, was nominated for two Academy Awards and brought her work to a wider audience. It was followed by The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage and Ginger & Rosa. She has also directed many short films, a television series, opera and other live work. Her films have won over forty international awards and received both Academy Award and BAFTA nominations. She has had full career retrospectives of her work at the BFI Southbank, London, MoMA, New York, and the Cinematheque, Madrid. She was awarded an OBE in 2012. Her book Naked Cinema was published in 2014. Her latest work is The Party (2017).