The Blood-Red Heart of Johanna Darke
2006, 98:00 minutes, colour, english/french
The Blood-Red Heart of Johanna Darke is a provocative engagement with the city of Paris and with the image of La Resistance as a mythology of history and entertainment.
In 1940, Johanna Darke, a novice from a convent in Quebec, arrives in Paris to study architecture, with the desire to design and build a church. Soon after the Nazi occupation of Paris, Johanna becomes involved as a messenger for the Resistance. She is betrayed, arrested by the Gestapo and subsequently vanishes. It is presumed she was executed. No further trace of Johanna exists. Johanna is a passive/aggressive anti-heroine in the mythology of patriotism, a female equivalent to the alienated character of Mersault in Camus' L'étranger.
I am interested in blurring the accepted distinctions by which we define the world. For instance, I see no problem in equating and conflating the image o the heroic resistance fighter of the Maquis with the pathetic poignancy of the Pierrot figure in Watteau's painting that hangs in the Louvre.
Rental and Sales
Single Screening Rental
Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)
5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy
Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote
Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote
Curators and programmers, please contact email@example.com to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.
Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.
by . The Globe and Mail, Apr. 25, 2009.
by . Gunilla Josephson Artist-in-Residence, Apr. 4, 2009. Toronto: Trinity Square Video, 2009.