Séance de projection de films : Ellen Cantor – 23 avril – 07 mai 2011



Pinochet Porn (ongoing series) : « the dictator and the maid », 2009, 12’

The trailer, 2010, 20’

The techno party (uncut raw footage), 2011, 10’

.Avec Gabriel Abrantes et Katie Widloski, Pauline Boudry et Renate Lorenz, Ellen Cantor, Salma Cheddadi, Brice Dellsperger, Gloria Friedmann, Regina Jose Galindo, Monica Majoli, Bjorn Melhus, Lorraine O’Grady, Mika Rottenberg et Marylin Minter, Karine Rougier, Caroline Sury et Jean Luc Verna


About this project

« Pinochet Porn » is a soap opera-like narrative about five children growing up during the Pinochet regime, and their subsequent maturation into adulthood. Shot on Super-8, this feature-length film is based on a 2005 hand drawn film script « Circus Lives from Hell ». The story while disclosing the intertwined lives of these five characters, also reveals its nature as a microcosm of surrounding political discord, cycles of destruction, and mounting violence. It is at once tragic and comedic. Segments of a particular history are made observable through the circumstances of the lives depicted, all obliquely revolving around the Pinochet regime in Chile. Within this story, childhood fantasy is permeated by structures of annihilation, which the characters later create in their own lives as adults. The story ends with the question: Is tragedy a choice? The title refers to the complex intimate relationships of the characters; but more so, to the regime’s systematic, sadistic destruction of individual lives – policies furtively upheld by the United States, United Kingdom, and the Papacy. This film stretches across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, extending across continents, countries, cities…. It reaches from the shtetl, the barrio, the concentration camp, into a digital age of increasing mobility and globalization. Yet, despite genuine progress, it describes a world plagued by colonialism, imperialism, fascism, and terrorism.


Pinochet Porn (a feature film in progress)

Directed by : Ellen Cantor

Director of Photography : John Brattin

Art Director : Jay Kinney

Executive Producer : John Maybury

Narrated by : Pablo Leon de la Barra


Michel Auder, Patrick Blumer, Ellen Cantor, Jim Fletcher, Andrew Haynes, Tristan Hughes-Freeland, Jay Kinney, Rosalie Knox, Harri Kupiainen, Danny McDonald,  Brandon Olson, Annabel Sexton, Spencer Sweeney, John Thomson, Sofia Elisabeth Von Herrlich, Stephen Ward, Cerith Wyn Evans


With special guest star appearances:

Kerry Davis, Francesca Gangitano, Cate Giordano, Malcom Hamilton, Ryan Harman, Mateo Kamzelas, Nuutti Kataja, Debbi Martini, Carmel McMahon, Jo Murray, Emma Nilsson, Arturo Carlo Samperi Malagnino, Shandi Sullivan

Ellen Cantor currently lives and works in London and New York. She has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions and screening including Participant Inc, NY; Serpentine Cinema, London; Lux, London; Kunsthalle Wien; Transmission, Glasgow; Delfina, London; Feigen, Chicago; Cabinet, London and Postmasters, New York as well as at Edinburgh International Film Festival and Rotterdam’s International Film Festival amongst many others. Cantor is a Cubitt artist.

en parallèle de l’exposition :  K.ACKER : THE OFFICE / RULING ‘N’ FREAKING, Commissariat Dorothée Dupuis et Géraldine Gourbe, TRIANGLE FRANCE


Ellen Cantor vit et travaille à New York et Londres.