Transactions of Desire

Mishima in Mexico

Wu Tsang

Col / 13’57” / In English with no subtitles

A short performance film that draws inspiration from Yukio Mishima’s novel Thirst for Love and the author’s legacy within a global queer context. Wu-Tsang, in collaboration with Alexandro Segade, relocates the story to a single hotel room in Mexico City. A writer and director are struggling to relate through the creative process, while on-screen, as Etsuko and Saburo, they shift in and out of mutable characters. Using an experimental narrative, the sense of reality and fantasy and the separation between observer and observed starts to collapse. 

All images courtesy the artist, Clifton Benevento (New York), Michael Benevento (Los Angeles) & Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin).

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18/3 (Fri) | 7:30pm | agnès b. CINEMA | Blu-ray | 75′ | Free admission | With after-screening discussion