Sidney Leoni Under Influence
Although we are familiar with Sidney Leoni as a performance artist, this time he has decided to create a full-length film. Under Influence is a portrait of the mysterious and psychotic journey of the actress, Julia Gordon. She employs all the powers of her imagination to turn that imagination into reality, breaking away from her everyday life.
Frustrated by the character that she is playing in the film, Being Kate Winslet, Julia Gordon finds solace in interpreting charismatic classical film characters, who gradually take control of her.
Under Influence is a labyrinth of real and naturalistic events, of clashes between the real world and a fictitious world, of imaginary and fantastic situations, of the desires and fantasies that reveal her dreams to us.
Do not miss this visual, auditive and physical journey about identity and cinema!
Written, directed & produced by: Sidney Leoni
Starring: Halla Ólafsdóttir, Christine de Smedt, Steven Wendt, Mariana My Suikkanen Gomes, Alexandra Cismondi, Elias Girod, Sidney Leoni, Zoë Poluch, Manon Santkin
Cinematography: Hoang-Son Doan
Music by: Jonathan Uliel Saldanha
Costume design: Marie Davin
Film editing: Denis Leborgne
Sound editing & sound mixing: Raphaël Hénard
Supported by: Montévideo contemporary art center (Marseille), Centre Culturel Jacques Franck (Brussels), Stockholm University of the Arts, PACT Zollverein (Essen)
Co-productions for live screenings: Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Dansens Hus (Stockholm), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk)
With the financial support of: the Flemish Community, City of Stockholm, the Swedish Arts Council
Sidney Leoni (°1984) lives and works in Brussels & Stockholm. He works as a choreographer, performer and film-maker. His artistic research explores the field of immersive and experiential theatre, within which he focuses on the processes and effects of audience's imaginary and sensory perceptions. Moreover, he has been committed to investigating the relations between fiction and reality, the material and the immaterial, the agency of materials and the agency of bodies.