Festival 2021
Serge Garcia

GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL

USA / 2021 / 22’
World Premiere

Serge Garcia
The camera is placed in the foyer of the eponymous hotel, the lens turned
towards the door. Pulling a suitcase on wheels, instead of a clear, distinct figure,
a hazy shadow crosses the threshold. It could almost be the start of a film noir or
a tribute to Chantal Akerman’s Hotel Monterey. Or perhaps a bit of both: it’s the
beginning of a very idiosyncratic interview with an iconoclast of the electro scene
– Terre Thaemlitz, better known by the moniker DJ Sprinkles.
Why idiosyncratic? Because, very specifically, it’s this idea of idiosyncrasy that
the film strives to demolish. Firstly, although the camera follows the character
into the privacy (by definition protected) of the asylum of a hotel room (taking a
shower, masturbating, sleeping), none of their features are revealed. The character
retains their mystery, like in a fantasy movie, a faceless person with a vague
outline, mobile, an undefined being – a person for whom the notion of identity has
drifted off course. And secondly, because it’s off camera, always and unavoidably
off camera as if emanating from the depths of a secret revealed there, the
protagonist’s voice theorises exactly that. With a rare shrewdness and driven by a
disconcerting determination, the voice speaks of itself as a theoretical being, and
what such a demanding existence requires on a practical level, refusing gender
assignment, and laying claim to constant shifts, endless and precarious change.
But this also means rejecting all the terms in vogue to challenge the vocabulary
and to try and express this glorious instability without stabilising it again. Being
a hotel, in short, welcoming all tendencies without ever locking them down,
without ever taking them for granted – this is “who” Serge Garcia has chosen to
accommodate for a night in his sober and explosive Grand Central Hotel.
(Jean-Pierre Rehm)

Technical sheet

Original Version : English.
Subtitles : English.
Script : Terre Thaemlitz, Serge Garcia.
Photography : Serge Garcia.
Editing : Serge Garcia.
Music : Terre Thaemlitz, Will Long.
Sound : Serge Garcia. Avec : Terre Thaemlitz.
Production : Serge Garcia (Trouble Pictures).
Filmography : Cycle One, 2021. Live To Be Legend, 2020. Noncompliant, 2019. A Child Of House: Shaun J.
Wright, 2019. Jackie House, 2018. The Longer I live, The Less Chance I’ll Ever Recover From What Life Keeps
Doing To Me, 2015. Butcherqueen, 2013.

INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Director

Serge Garcia

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