Orlando, My Political Biography (12A)
Blurring the lines between reality and fiction, this is a playful, moving, meta textual documentary riffing on Virginia Woolf ’s Orlando: A Biography. In Woolf’s novel, the protagonist changes gender midway to become a 36-year-old woman and a century later, Preciado – trans writer, philosopher and activist – sends her a cinematic letter to tell her that Orlando has emerged from her fiction to live a life she could never have imagined. He brings together a cast of 26 contemporary trans and non-binary people, aged 8 to 70, to embody the character, each in their own way. Preciado’s meticulous, bracingly intellectual,yet highly accessible film invites us to see how everything is constantly in flux.
Joint Winner, Encounters Award, Special Jury Prize, Berlin Film Festival 2023
The Courtyard’s Young Film Programmers present the Saturday 2 screening, which will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the queer legacy of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.