A Brief History of Princess X
, 7 minutes
France / Portugal / United Kingdom,
As part of our Artists Cinema project collaboration with Independent Cinema Office we present the second in our series of new artists’ film commissions. Over the coming months we will present one new commissioned film per month, the films were originally commissioned to show in UK cinemas before feature films and are supported by the National Lottery Grants for Arts programmed through Arts Council England.
From Gabriel Abrantes comes a supercharged history of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s infamous ‘Princess X’, a futuristic bronze phallus that is actually a bust portrait of Napoleon’s equally infamous great grand niece, Marie Bonaparte.
Gabriel Abrantes (b.1984) is an artist and filmmaker who has produced a significant body of work in film since studying at The Cooper Union, L’ École National des Beaux-Arts and Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains. Abrantes is the winner of several prizes, including the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at the Locarno Film Festival 2010 for his film A History of Mutual Respect. His films have premiered at festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia, Locarno, Toronto. He has exhibited since 2002 in museums such as the MIT:List Center for the Arts in Boston, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, and Museu Serralves in Porto