THE BOOK OF GABRIELLE
Dir: Lisa Gornick
Scr: Lisa Gornick
Cast: Allan Corduner, Lisa Gornick, Joni Kamen
United Kingdom | 2017 | 80’| drama, comedy
V.O. English with Spanish subtitles
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Gabrielle is writing an illustrated guide book on sex called ‘How To Do It.’ At a book signing she meets Saul, an established male writer who is straight. She both loves and hates his work which has seeped into her secular Jewish life from childhood. The more Gabrielle tells him about her book the more he wants to know about her life; the relationship with her younger girlfriend Olivia and her determination to “stop using the penis in sex”. As her book takes form their friendship is tested as is Gabrielle’s relationship with Olivia. The film muses on how we write, how we draw. And the nature of “story” and what it makes us do.
Lisa Gornick brought her first work Do I Love You? to Zinegoak in 2005 and it was a big hit. This year, she is back at the festival with a fresh and realist feature-length film that tackles matters of interest from a simple, honest and efficient perspective.
FESTIVALS: Frameline 41, Bologna Lesbian FF 2017 (Best Film,Audience Award), UK Jewish IFF, Gaze Film Festival (Dublin), XV Florence Queer Festival, Cardiff Iris Prize Festival