On 26 and 29 July, Durban film lovers will get the chance to attend screenings of the first cut edit of Palace of Bone, the new film from Durban-based Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year award-winner, writer/ director Clair Angelique. The screenings take place at Artspace in Stamford Hill and will be followed by a viewing of Angelique’s first film, My Black Little Heart.
Angelique describes Palace of Bone as her “compellingly mysterious sophomore feature film’. The first 35 minutes of the film were screened in the main programme of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
“Palace of Bone is the documentation over a couple of months of the strangely unstable day to day life of Faith – a scarred but brazen and quirky 25-year old,’ explains Angelique. “Filmed entirely on cell phone by her devoted best friend, the enigmatic Po, (who is rarely seen in front of the camera except in reflections, turning her back to Mecca), we are allowed a voyeuristic peek into their friend’s squats, downtown bars and are privy to bedroom confessions. Until we realise, that is, that the ominous sequence of Faith’s actions have forced her to escape the city and take to the hills.’
The audience gets to experience Po’s last days with her comrade in the Palace of Bone – a euphemism for the backstreets, backrooms and backdoors of the city of Durban and the cache of queer insights and outlooks of Faith, a girl who feels she is bigger than her world and thus has some rather unorthodox answers to curb her frustration.
Cue magazine writes: ”After the intensity and catharsis of My Black Little Heart, Angelique’s new film Palace of Bone is a step away from savagely personal. In fact it’s anything but autobiographical. Still, Angelique’s trademark dark, beautiful imagery pervades, as do the thematic obsessions with the underbelly and the underdog”.