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Preview 2010 B3 FeatureLabs Project "Gauguin's Lover"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 8, 2011 at 2:33PM

Hmm... curious about this one.

Hmm... curious about this one.

A feature film currently seeking financing that was one of 7 projects that were accepted into the 2010 B3 FeatureLabs in the UK (similar to the IFP and Sundance Labs here in the USA) - a script development program that works with filmmakers to assist in seeing that they realize their full-length feature films for eventual commercial release. FeatureLabs is in partnership with Film4, and other collaborators. 

Titled Gauguin's Lover (as in Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, the French Post-Impressionist artist), the film is said to be inspired by Gauguin's 1892 oil painting Spirit of the Dead Watching, which depicts a nude Tahitian girl (Gauguin's 14-year old Tahitian wife Tehura) lying on her stomach, with an old woman seated behind her, and the little known fact that Gauguin gave his lover syphilis.

In anticipation of the question... my understanding is that Tahiti, the popular tourist destination I'm sure we've all heard of, is a French Polynesian island off the Pacific Ocean, with a population that comprises of indigenous Polynesians as well as people of African, European and Mesoamerican descent.

But I'm working to get more info from the filmmaker (Devika Ponnambalam) on her intent with the work here, and where the project currently stands... 

In the meantime, watch the promo below:

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