‘Piaffe’ Filmmaker Ann Oren on Women, Horses, Botany, and Intersexuality in Experimental Film

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‘Piaffe’ filmmaker Ann Oren has opened up about the psychology between women, horses, botany, and intersexuality in her experimental film debut.

Oren talked about the connection between riders and horses in an interview with Movie Web where the director explored the psychology of riders being primarily women and how that connects to the exploration of gender and intersexuality in her movie ‘Piaffe.’ 

Oren talked about the sociologist, Jean O’Malley and the book “Horse Crazy” which looked at the connection of women being caretakers and leaders of the horse.

“This kind of psychology between rider and horse was something that really interested me, and I wanted to bring that into the relationship that [the character] Eva has with herself and then later with other characters.”

When her trans sister Zara (Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau), a foley artist, is suddenly institutionalized, anxious film archivist Eva (Simone Bucio) takes over Zara’s project reproducing equine sounds on an advertisement for a pharmaceutical ‘mood stabilizer’ called “Equilibri.” Eva gets more in tune with her animalistic side throughout this journey, even growing a horse’s penile-like tail at the end.

Oren also talked about the connection of Eva meeting the botanist Novak (Sebastian Rudolph) in her journey, saying that it was “intentional” that a botanist would fall in love with her because they have a desire for plants that don’t move or talk, just like Eva. 

Oren also made the connection and parallelism in imagery between plants that coil like ferns and horses that curl their head down to signify submission in “kind of like an elegant dance.” Oren shared that when she learned about ferns being self-fertilizing hermaphrodites, she thought it was “very interesting to create a parallel between that and between Eva’s body. I mean, she’s also interspecies in the end; she’s intersex and interspecies.”

‘Piaffe’ screened at the London Film Festival 2022. It is now playing in New York and will play in Los Angeles on September 15.

Watch the artistic trailer here:

 

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