If Only For A Moment + Yvo and Chrissy
Q&A with Sophie Kurpershoek (Director ‘If Only For A Moment’)
If Only For A Moment
Sophie Kurpershoek, 2017
30’, Belgium, Fiction
Astrid, a young artist, has turned her back towards the world and in a deserted landscape she works on a piece of land-art. Days pass and her loneliness becomes stifling, until one day she meets the eccentric geologist Emily. Quickly they form a deep connection. Far away from the real world, in a wild and beautiful landscape, they can make love, dream and philosophize carelessly; their lives seem temporarily idyllic.
Sophie Kurpershoek (1989) was born in Saudi Arabia and has lived in the Netherlands, Pakistan and Turkey. Sophie Kurpershoek obtained her degrees in Philosophy at the University in Amsterdam and in filmmaking at the School of Arts in Ghent. She is also a writer and her debut novel All those days that have passed was published in April 2016 with Dutch publishing house Atlas Contact in 2016. She is now working on a new novel and recently finished her graduation film If only for a moment with Charlotte De Bruyne and Sallie Harmsen in the lead roles.
Yvo and Chrissy
He Xiaopei, 2017
64’, China, Documentary
Yvo and Chrissy is about two English people. Yvo gave up a million pounds inheritance, became a poet, writer, performer and diver, and lives off the sea. She writes and performs her life experiences. She performs at festivals, Ted talks, and galleries, showing different ways of seeing animal sex, mental illness as well as money. Chrissy gave up a settled life and a phallus, became a transgender traveler, film maker and musician, and lives in the mountains. She shows that not everyone desires a settled or academic life, and that sex change has nothing to do with gender.
Director He Xiaopei: “Hills trained me to be a professional shepherd, and the Himalayas turned me into a full-time mountaineer. A government job made me an economist while the women’s movement and gender studies converted me into a feminist. Participating in LGBTQ organizing in China helped me to realize there are many people – especially people with disabilities, HIV positive women, bisexual women, sex workers – who are also oppressed due to their gender and sexualities. This is why I set up the Pink Space Sexuality Research Centre and promote sexual rights and sexual pleasure among people who are oppressed.”