She was a housewife seeking kicks in
a world of sex, sin, and swingers…
opens at New York’s Cinema Village May 2, 2008
A candy-colored tribute to classic sexploitation films of the Sixties and Seventies, VIVA opens on Friday, May 2, 2008 at the Cinema Village at 22 East 12th Street in New York City. Artist, filmmaker and performer Anna Biller’s take on the sexual revolution is a lurid, retro romp set in the 1970s, featuring amazing period sets, costumes, and musical numbers that
will delight vintage vixens and time-traveling tramps alike.
Barbi (Biller) is living the perfect suburban life as a pampered housewife, when she finds herself abandoned by her perfect Ken-doll husband Rick (Chad England). Soon Barbi and her girlfriend Sheila (Bridget Brno), a buxom blonde with a taste for adventure, decide to get out there and see what they’re missing, and find themselves drawn into the baroque fantasyland that was the sexual revolution, including nudist camps, the hippie scene, wild orgies, bisexuality, sadism, drugs, and bohemia.
Shot in 35mm and saturated to the hilt with vibrant color, and exquisitely detailed in its depiction of the period, VIVA looks like a lost film from the late '60's, right down to the campy and self-assured performances, the big lighting, the plethora of negligées, and the delirious assortment of Salvation Army ashtrays, lamps, fabrics, and bric-a-brac. Whether you're looking for nude dancing, alcoholic swingers, stylish sex scenes, a sea of polyester, Hammond organ jams, glitzy show numbers, white horses, blondes in the bathtub, gay hairdressers, or psychedelic animation, VIVA has it all!
Anna Biller, producer/co-star Jared Sanford and various cast and crew will be in attendance opening weekend for select screenings.
"A meticulously designed re-imagining of "classy"-minded '70's-era soft porn...pops with parodic joy" --Robert Abele, L.A. TIMES
2008 | 120 minutes | 35 mm |