Regarding Susan Sontag

    • Nancy Kates
    • United States
    • 2014
    • 100 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Best of Fests
    An intimate and nuanced study of the life and work of Susan Sontag, one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. This outspoken writer and philosopher paved the way for a new kind of cultural criticism and wrote essays and books on photography, camp, disease and gender identity. The documentary starts with her as a book-hungry 15-year-old who was eager to grow up and see the world. It follows her through literary successes such as Against Interpretation, “Notes on ‘Camp,’” Illness as Metaphor and Regarding the Pain of Others, up to her romance with photographer Annie Leibovitz and her controversial statements about the causes of 9/11. Debuting documentary filmmaker Nancy Kates makes good use of the many interviews with former lovers and fellow writers like Nadine Gordimer and Fran Lebowitz, as well as countless archive images of the photogenic Sontag. Meanwhile, actress Patricia Clarkson reads excerpts from her works in voice-over. Kates not only paints a picture of the impact of her work, but also shines a light on her private life. While her ex-partners still have high opinions of her, the documentary remains objective, offering space to those who contend that she was not always sensitive to her loved ones.

    Credits

    • 100 min
    • color / black and white
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: English Creole
    Director
    Nancy Kates
    Production
    Nancy Kates for Question Why Films
    Cinematography
    Sophia Constantinou
    Editing
    John Haptas
    Music
    Laura Karpman

    IDFA history

    2014
    Dutch Premiere
    Best of Fests

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