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Wine and Spirits

Image of Wine & Spirits by Rachel Reupke

Synopsis

If Rachel Reupke had pitched her film Wine & Spirits to a TV  production company, it might have gone something like this: "Imagine the  reality hit 'Several Dates', take a series of scripted studio out-takes  from the show, boil them right down and slow them almost to a stop.  What is it REALLY like trying to get to know someone? Think of all the  awkward pauses, think of this couple, one man, one woman, agonising to  speak, think of the struggle to connect at all, and how that might sound  and look. Painful! Meanwhile, the drinks they are ordering as they  pursue their excruciating courtship take on a supernatural presence all  of their own. Will this man and woman manage any type of consequential  exchange, or will it eventually be the alcohol that starts talking  first? What does alcohol do to a person anyway? Who is asking who, and  what are they asking, in this strangely compelling tragedy of manners?".

It is unlikely this pitch would have been successful in a TV  environment. Reupke might have been recommended by a kindly exec to try  her luck on the experimental art circuit instead. Which is not to say  that her art is a failed tv pitch. Not at all. In this case, the tv mood  can be both something she pursues, as well as something against whose  effect she simultaneously organises.

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Selected Screenings

Oberhausen Film Festival, May 2013
Cell Project Space, London 13 Sep - 27 Oct 2013

Key Information

Film

Wine and Spirits

Artist

Rachel Reupke

Project

FLAMIN Productions

Year Completed

2013

Duration

20'

Shooting format

HD Video

Screening format

HD Digital File

Distribution

LUX

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