THE RELUCTANT ICON: A TRIBUTE TO LAURA GEMSER

Kier-La Janisse | USA/Canada 2023 | 20mins
Produced by Severin Films for the box set The Sensual World of Black Emanuelle
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A poignant ode to the star of the Black Emanuelle series and the real-life love story at its core, written, directed and narrated by Kier-La Janisse based on an interview with longtime Italian journalist Manlio Gomarasca. Editor Stephen Broomer’s layered visuals are punctuated by rotoscope animation by Ashley Thorpe (Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched) and handmade stop-motion sequences by Leslie Supnet, all rendered into a moody paean to one of exploitation cinema‚Äôs most beloved and bewitching stars.

Official Selection: Fantasia International Film Festival 2023, Talahassee Film Festival 2023, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2023

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