by Chantal Akerman, Maxi Cohen, Valie Export, Laurence Gavron, Bette Gordon, Ulrike Ottinger, Helke Sander
Introduction by Oskar Hallberg
Thursday 5 December 2019

Seven Women, Seven Sins (1986), 109min

What constitutes a deadly sin today? Seven of the world’s best-known women directors produce their own versions of celluloid sin in this omnibus film. Helke Sander reverses Gluttony with her vision of Eve forcing her apples into the hands of a reluctant Adam. Bette Gordon finds Greed during a fight in the ladies’ room of a luxury hotel over a lottery ticket. Strangers reply to Maxi Cohen’s ad in a newspaper to share their litanies in Anger. Chantal Akerman battles to overcome her Sloth in order to complete her film, while Valie Export strips bare the notions of the skin trade in Lust. Envy turns into murder in Laurence Gavron’s take on vice, and Ulrike Ottinger illustrates Pride with a fantastical collage of allegory and images. Seven Women, Seven Sins is a rare collaboration uniting these seven iconoclastic independent women artists under a stirring theme that encouraged adventurous storytelling.

Oskar’s Gold Nuggets is an ongoing series of film screenings where our neighbor and cineaste Oskar Hallberg from Cinema Panora presents a film in dialogue with the current exhibition on view.