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Documentary | 52' | 2002 | color | 16/9 | 35mm, Betacam Digital, Blu-ray
Original version: french
Subtitles: german, english, spanish

SYNOPSIS

Pascal looks for the pair of tights that suit him best, then applies his make-up with the helpful advice of his wife Carole. Capturing moments of intimacy and scenes from everyday life, Fernand Melgar spends a year filming this couple battling other people’s perceptions of them. Pascal does not hide his need to dress like a woman. He is both a loving father and husband and a woman dreaming of sequins and dance-hall fame. However, this ménage à trois struggles to assert its identity, coming up against attacks from family and jeers from fellow inhabitants of the village. Filmed from the birth of their last child until his first birthday, the film tells the story of bringing to life, of a painful introduction to the world we live in. The sequences, which are always meaningful, follow each other seamlessly: conversations and everyday gestures underline little victories and big disappointments. Childhood photographs, a television programme or a newspaper article…the representation of the true person within is at the heart of the problem. Whether looking in the mirror for shaving or putting on make-up, there is a succession of mirror effects, where one is really looking for oneself or confronting one’s own image and the mask one wears. In Storm in a C-Cup, the impartial eye of the camera reveals ambiguities, little by little bringing questions to light; questions that remain unanswered when the carnival finally arrives, just at the moment when, ironically, all the roles are reversed.

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

Documentary Film Festival – Traces de Vie Clermont Ferrand, France, 2002
Special Jury Prize


Visions du Réel Nyon, Switzerland, 2002
International Competition


45th Leipzig Film Festival Germany, 2002
International Competition


Chicago Film Festival USA, 2003
International Competition


RIDIM Montreal International Documentary Festival Canada, 2003
International Competition


18th Festival International du Film Francophone Namur, Belgium, 26 Sep 03 Oct 2003


38th Solothurner Filmtage Solothurn, Switzerland, 20 – 26 Jan 2003


New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival USA, 2004


Pink Film Festival Zurich, Switzerland 2004


BAFICI Buenos Aires, Argentina, 11-22 april 2012
Retrospective Fernand Melgar


Documenta Madrid Madrid, Spain, 30 april-11 may 2014
Retrospective Fernand Melgar