Double You Double You

Film HD, color, 4/3, 17 mins
Trailer 1’55
2019

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Within a few years, through the practice of bodybuilding, Yukio Mishima, a Japanese writer, metamorphosed from a creator of words into a “creature of words.” Charles Gaines, an American writer and journalist, compares the bodybuilder to a sculptor of his own flesh. How does work, sport, cultural and sexual norms define one’s body and identity? How do we determine our own image, and through which dilemmas do we go about to achieve this? “Double You Double You” reenacts the stages of a bodybuilding competition. Jennifer Teuwen* is the only athlete to compete, and the camera is her only audience. The film stages the Scopic Drive – watching being watched endlessly – and offers a visual and auditory, sensuous and sensorial exploration of Jennifer’s body.

* Jennifer is a Belgian professional bodybuilder, champion in the category of “Women’s Physics,” and the most muscular woman according to the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding).


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Comment le travail, le sport, les normes culturelles et sexuelles définissent le corps et l’identité de chacun ? Par quels moyens définissons-nous notre propre image et par quels dilemmes passons-nous pour y parvenir? « Double You Double You » reconstitue les étapes d’une compétition de bodybuilding. Jennifer Teuwen* est la seule athlète à concourir, et la caméra, son unique public. Le film met en scène la pulsion scopique – regarder-être regardé à l’infini – et propose une exploration visuelle et auditive, sensuelle et sensorielle du corps de Jennifer.

* Jennifer est une bodybuildeuse professionnelle Belge, championne de sa catégorie « Women’s Physique », la plus musculeuse pour les femmes selon la IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding).

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Country : Belgium, France
Year : 2019
Length : 17’53
Format : HD, color.
Screening ratio : 16/9
Cast : Jennifer Teuwen
Director’s assistant : Maëlle Delaplanche
Director of photography : Vincent Pinckaers
Camera assistant : Jessica Champeaux
Sound engineer and editing : Bruno Schweisguth
Make-up artist : Anaïs Baivier
Extra and stage management : Clara Menissier
Editing : Laure Cottin Stefanelli
Foley : Elias Vervecken
Foley recording & mix : Raf Enckels
Color grading : Miléna Trivier – Bruits
Film supported by Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles, CVB and Atelier Cinéma du Gsara ;
La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Arts Plastiques, CCAP ; HerculesLab – KASK School of Arts.

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Festivals

2020: The Riga Pasaules Film Festival (RPFF), Riga, LV. (upcoming)
2020: 42e Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil et du Val de Marne (FIFF), FR, selection “Short film, International Competition”, Créteil, FR. (upcoming)
2020: Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris, FR.
2019: The 21st Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (Fest CurtasBH) selection “The Political Body”, Belo Horizonte, BR.
2019: Festival États Généraux du film documentaire, selection “Viewing Experiences”, Lussas, FR.

Screenings

2019: Tallinn Photomonth Biennial,”Lifeblood Film Club #2“, programers Simon Dybbroe Møller & Post Brothers, Tallinn, EE.

Shows

2019: KANAL – Centre Pompidou“The HISK connection“, curator : Antony Hudek, Brussels, BE.
2018: Galerie de l’Erg“INNER SENSE —Bodies At Work”, Atelier Production CVB & Atelier Cinéma GSARA, Brussels, BE.