No Skin Off My Ass

Eröffnung – Außer Konkurrenz

03. April 2019 @ACUDkino 19 Uhr


LaBruce’s seminal first feature is a low-rent semi-remake of Robert Altman’s That Cold Day in the Park, with LaBruce himself taking the Sandy Dennis role (you can make the comparison yourself when we screen the original this season as part of our Altman retrospective). A punk hairdresser with a skinhead fetish (LaBruce) encounters a handsome, troubled young skinhead sitting on a park bench and manages to lure him back to his apartment, strip him naked and draw him a bath filled with Mr. Bubble. In what would become the basic LaBrucian template, explicit sex and offbeat comedy intertwine with radical politics, here espoused by the skinhead’s sister — played by G.B. Jones, co-founder of LaBruce’s fanzine J.D.s and an original member of punk legends Fifth Column — who is shooting a movie within the movie titled Girls in the SLA (a reference to the notorious 1970s left-wing terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army). Shot on grainy Super 8 blown up to 16mm, with LaBruce’s exaggeratedly emotive voiceover scoring the action, No Skin Off My Ass is “sweeter than Warhol, subtler than Kuchar, sexually more explicit than Van Sant” (Amy Taubin, The Village Voice).

About the Director

Author and director Zsófia SZILÁGYI graduated as a Hungarian grammar and literature teacher at the University of Pécs in 2002. She continued her education as a film and tv director at the Academy of Film and Drama of Budapest from 2002 to 2007. During her studies, she participated in a scholarship by Leonardo Da Vinci Programme and studied production at Mediopolis Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH, Berlin in 2006. In the same year she took part in Heimat, Europa?, an audiovisual project by the organisation of Kolleg für Management und Gestaltung nachhaltiger Entwicklung GmbH where she was a scriptwriter and camera assistant. In 2011, she won a Scholarship to the Goethe Institute in Hamburg. She worked as assistant lecturer to Golden Lion and Oscar-nominated director Ildikó Enyedi at the Hungarian Academy of Film and Theatre between 2007 and 2009. In 2012, she directed If you can (Ha birsz..’), a documentary supported by the European Integration Fund. She also worked on several short features and documentaries, most prominently as a casting directed for Ildiko Enyedi’s Oscar-nominated On Body and Soul. One Day is her debut feature.

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