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Fashion films often draw on cinematic imagery to conjure up compelling visions of designer clothes. The colour/black-and-white short Immortal Game (US/Colombia 2013), from Noir Tribe Media’s Amber Moelter and Luis Barreto Carrillo for CLIFFLEE Paris, plunders classic movies from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Legend and Blade Runner, evoking powerful iconic heroines such as Holly Golightly, Pris and Lili to dramatise its protagonist’s transformation as she mutates into a series of chess pieces. The famous chess contest known as The Immortal Game, featured in Blade Runner, provides the narrative thread as Danielle Ordoñez interprets chess codes, personifying The Pawn, Rook, Bishop and Knight until she occupies the winning position as The White Queen. The film, which was shot in Cartagena, Colombia, uses digital effects and electronic soundtrack to transform the location into an imaginary dreamscape through which the heroine moves, thinking her way pursued by a mysterious, elusive figure dressed in white suit and hat. Immortal Game was produced as part of a multimedia online campaign incorporating stills, posters and Cinemagraphs (GIFs). It has the ambiguity and resistance to interpretation of an art movie, drawing the viewer in to a search for meaning and a human drama of survival.

 

© Pam Cook