Rebecca Feiner’s little pic almost caused an international incident, setting back Brit-Franco relations a bit.
That may be overstating it a bit, but when Feiner arrived with her pic to Cannes and set it up with her own theater and red carpet, the mayor of Cannes insisted on having it removed as such premieres can only be at official fest events.
Feiner’s pic is not in the official selection, Directors Fortnight, Critics’ Week, or any of the officially sanctioned screenings.
“Skin-code,” (running time: 2 mins.) can be seen at the British Pavilion on the beach, unspooling inside a wardrobe she found in London.
The Blighty native says her pic is an homage to the Lumiere brothers and with sponsorship from carmaker Skoda, she has lugged the wardrobe from London through Paris to the South of France. The look is reminiscent of the peep shows of old, and that is the idea, sort of.
Visitors frequently ask “where is the naked lady?,” she says. “So I got a naked man instead as a twist.”
Partly funded by herself (“Like the major studios, I never reveal my budget”), the project took six months and three weeks. Six months to find the right wardrobe, and three weeks to film the pic. The star was only available on Saturdays.
Getting clearance from Cannes authorities to bring her traveling cinema took 18 months, but she still ran afoul of local authorities.
Alison Knight, managing director of Good Effects and the pavilion, is still pleased with her houseguest.
“I think it’s fantastic,” she says. “It’s nice to have an art project, this is about film after all.”