Ireland 2017, 115 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
On stage Grace Jones still looks like something from another planet. She very much acts the part, too. Jones, a singer, supermodel and an unforgettable ’80s icon, is 70-years-old, but in the world of this captivating diva, age is irrelevant. Jones’ power burns through the screen, be it at a performance, where the audience melts at her feet, or in an emotionally charged visit with her family in Jamaica. Director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology) followed Jones around the globe for years and managed to make her surrender to the camera with surprising tenderness. But even in a film that completely avoids nostalgia, Jones never forgets who she is. After all, “sometimes you have to be a high-flying bitch”.
Production: Sophie Fiennes, Katie Holly, Shani Hinton, Beverly Jones
Production Company: Blinder Films, Bfi Film Fund, Bbc Films, Bord Scannan Na Heireann / Irish Film Board, Roads Entertainment
Cinematography: Remko Schnor
Music: Ivor Guest
Sophie Fiennes is a film director whose feature documentaries include The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006), and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012), Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2010), and her most recent film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017), an observational odyssey into the world of the icon.