This is an interesting time for Turner Prize winners. They seem to be stepping outside of their comfort zones in order to express themselves in new ways in the film industry. We have already seen Steve McQueen win the 2014 Oscar for best director, with ’12 Years A Slave’, Sam Taylor Wood direct (love it or loath it) ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and now Douglas Gordon making his acting debut in ‘Je m’appelle Hmmm’. The plot is a slant on a classic road movie involving an 11-year-old runaway, the oldest daughter of three. An absent mother, an abusive father, a grandmother too pure to imagine what is going on. On a field trip, the girl disappears… She finds refuge in a truck; an initiatory journey, a chance meeting, new encounters; a wonderful and tragic film with a Scottish truck driver.
The film has been presented at the Venice, New York Film, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Glasgow film festivals, the first feature film directed by Agnès Troublé (aka agnès b.), Je m’appelle Hmmm., (My Name Is Hmmm…) stars Douglas Gordon, Lou-Lélia Demerliac, Sylvie Testud, Jacques Bonnaffé, Marie-Christine Barrault and Jean-Pierre Kalfon to much acclaim.
Agnes b says: “I wrote Je m’appelle Hmmm… in one go, some ten years back, on an impulse, at the same time as I was carrying on with fashion design. My Name is Hmmm is not a film about incest. It’s a story about a runaway and its consequences.
This is a road movie shot in France, around Bordeaux.
Douglas Gordon was the recipient of the 1996 Turner Prize, the 1997 Venice Biennial’s Premio 2000 award, the 1998 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the 2008 Roswitha Haftmann Prize, and the 2012 Käthe Kollwitz Prize. His work has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001); the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2006); “Timeline,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006, traveled to MALBA Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires through 2007); “Pretty much every word written, spoken, heard, overheard from 1989…,” the MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy (2006); “Superhumanatural,” the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2006); “Between Darkness and Light: Works 1989–2007,” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2007); “Blood, Sweat, Tears,” DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2009); Tate Britain, London (2010), and Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (2011) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art ( January 2013). Gordon lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow and is represented in the UK by the Gagosian gallery.
Founded in 2002, Soda Pictures is a London-based distribution company with a library of over 250 films. These include esteemed and award-winning features, documentaries, vintage classics and children’s titles, ranging from established filmmakers and auteurs to new, rising talent. Current releases include Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, Kelly Reichardt’s NIGHT MOVES and the feature documentary FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. In addition, Soda Pictures has a visual arts arm called Soda Film + Art (SoFA) that focuses on feature films with, by, around and/or about artists, both in-house and in collaboration with other producers.
‘Je m’appelle Hmmm’/’My Name Is Hummm’ gets its London outing at the Curzon cinema as part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema on the following dates 24th April, 6:20 pm – Curzon Soho, London (Followed by a Q&A with Agnes b) It will travel on the 25th April 5:30 pm – Broadway, Nottingham, 28th April 7:30 pm – Gulbenkian, Canterbury