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    An ordinary woman but a film-maker: demain et encore demain (1997) - Dominique Cabrera's self-portrait

    Calatayud, Agnes (2001) An ordinary woman but a film-maker: demain et encore demain (1997) - Dominique Cabrera's self-portrait. Studies in French Cinema 1 (1), pp. 22-28. ISSN 1471-5880.

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    Demain et encore demain/Tomorrow and Tomorrow—Diary 1995 (1997) is French director Dominique Cabrera's self-portrait. Taking as a starting point Cabrera's own description of herself as ‘an ordinary woman but a film-maker’, the purpose of this article is to show how Cabrera, by exposing herself on screen under her various identities (woman, daughter, sister, mother, lover, citizen and film-maker), brings about her own rebirth because she arrives at an understanding of what it means to be an artist. Her intimate visual diary becomes a means of accommodating herself to the world. This article also deals with the way Cabrera skilfully edited her film so that spectators are able to share what she herself was going through at the time of filming: a sense of loss leading to despair and finally, paradoxically, happiness. The article shows how her images of traces of bodies, fragments of conversations, half-gestures, and leftovers can give a sense of memory and times past, and embody love, anger and guilt. The article highlights the various references to cooking running through the film and concludes that for Cabrera the art of film-making is akin to the culinary art.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 14:18
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:43


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