Stabat Mater

Stabat Mater 1990 UK

16mm, colour, sound, 8 mins

Stabat Mater  opens and closes with two sung laments, then launches into a breathless torrent of words and phrases, a re-reading of the eternal feminine of Joyce’s Ulysses, which echoes the exultant/feverish swoop of the camera through a Mediterranean landscape”  Jo Comino, A Directory of British Film and Video Artists ed. David Curtis, 1996

A voice sings a saeta, a form of lament for Holy Week. “I still recall the stunned silence in which Stabat Mater was received at its premier at the London Film Festival, at the London Filmmaker’s Co-op, where it landed, crashing like a meteor from outer space and that voice resonating in the cinema” Nina Danino…”and the figtrees in the Alameda Gardens” Mousse Publishing, 2013


Film Credits
Filmed, edited and spoken: Nina Danino
Singer: Elena Danino
Dubbing Mixer: Andrew Sears
16mm Optical Printing: Nick Collins
Post Production: London Filmmakers’ Co-op
Produced by Nina Danino
Financial assistance from the Arts Council of Great Britain

1990 Premiere: 34th London Film Festival.


Selected Screenings
“…and the figtrees in the Alameda gardens”,  The Garrison Library, Gibraltar, 2013 [installation]
Films de Nina Danino, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo (CAC), Malaga, Spain 2 December 2012
Maya Deren in Context -British Women’s Filmmaking , Maya Deren 50 Years, Southbank NFT, London 2011.
Retrospective: The Subjective Camera, Greenwich Picturehouse, London, 2007
All that is Solid Melts into Air: 30 Years of the LFMC and the British Avant Garde, Pandaemonium, ICA, London, 1996
Eat Carpet, SBS-TV, Australia 1995
Imaging the Female, Experimental Women, Birkbeck College, University of London 1993
Driving the Loop: New British Filmmakers, Tate Britain, London 19 September l992
International Avant-Garde, National Film Theatre, London 16 April 1991
New British Work, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, Canada. 1991


Essays
‘Stabat Mater – Film,the Feminine and the Sacred Pp150-157, The Sacred and the Feminine: Image, Music, Text, Space, Griselda Pollock and Victoria Sauron, eds., London I.B. Taurus, 2008 ISBN (HB) 978 1 84511 520 3, ISBN (PB) 978 1 84511 521 0
Jean Matthee, “On Wounds, Artificial Flowers, Orifices and the Infinite: A Response to the Films of Nina Danino”, Undercut, no. 20 1990. Reprinted in The Undercut Reader, Columbia University Press 2002


Publicity

Retrospective: The Subjective Camera, Greenwich Picturehouse, London, 2007

All that is Solid Melts into Air: 30 Years of the LFMC and the British Avant Garde, Pandaemonium, ICA, London, l996


International Avant-Garde, National Film Theatre, London, 1991


Personalities, Sexualities, Identities, 34th London International Film Festival, London Filmmakers’ Co-op Cinema, 1990