QUEER/ART/FILM: Orlando (presented by Jamie Babbit!)

Taking a lavish journey through poetry, politics, romanticism, and selfhood, this tour-de-force adaptation of Virgina Woolf’s groundbreaking early 20th-century novel stars Tilda Swinton as a young Renaissance man who transforms into a modern woman. As one of the New Queer Cinema movement’s most audacious statements, Sally Potter’s Orlando elevated Swinton from Derek Jarman’s muse to full-fledged cinematic diva, as she transcends sexes and centuries. This is a film to be savored on the big screen, as it spans from opulent pageantry to cool motorcycle chic, all with a coy wit — such as casting the legendary Quentin Crisp in drag in a cameo as Queen Elizabeth. Jamie Babbit, this month’s Q/A/F guest curator, has had a long, rich career directing guilty TV pleasures like Nip/Tuck, Gilmore Girls and Drop Dead Diva, as well as But I’m A Cheerleader, the beloved big-screen sexual conversion farce starring Natasha Lyonne — join her as she discusses Orlando, and the films of Sally Potter, as an influence on her own work!
Dir. Sally Potter, 1992, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch the trailer for “Orlando”!