July 8, 2020

L.A. Tea Time


14/07/2020 - 19:15

Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam


L.A. Tea Time

L.A. Tea Time (Sophie Bédard Marcotte)

What do you do as a young female filmmaker in Quebec if you’re not sure what direction to take? You go and ask multitalented director, artist and author Miranda July for advice. Light-hearted road movie highlights the importance of Chantal Akerman as guiding light for young directors.

July seems to do exactly what she wants, and it works out pretty well for her, too: after all, she doesn’t need to translate online hotel reviews to pay the rent, as Sophie Bédard Marcotte does. So she sets off with her camerawoman on a road trip to Los Angeles to have tea with July. Of course, nothing goes as planned.

Light-hearted road movie

Their unorthodox journey across the United States results in a lighthearted road movie filled with meditative landscapes, unlikely encounters, animations and a touch of magic. It is a playful quest for a framework in life. A film about friendship, the thirtysomething dilemma and the search for inspiration.

Tribute to Chantal Akerman

In her third film, Bédard Marcotte incorporates references to her cinematic inspirations and creates a posthumous starring role for Chantal Akerman. She appears on the pink horizon as an oracle for every filmmaker who, for want of a clear path, is looking for the yellow brick road.

(text courtesy IDFA)

Art historian Marian Cousijn introduces L.A. Times on 14 July

Sophie Bédard Marcotte
CA, 2019. Language: English, French. Subtitles: English.
82 min.