The current issue of Plot features Isabella Rossellini as you’ve never seen her before, in the full throes of animal sex.
We’ve certainly seen her make that difficult transition from model to actress before. And perhaps the more cynical amongst us should have had a little more faith in Ingrid Bergman’s daughter being able to pull off what has burned many a beautiful face or famous pop voice wanting to act. But now La Rossellini has turned screenwriter, director and paper costume wearing performer in what must truly be one of the strangest debuts of its kind.
With ‘Green Porno’ Isabella Rossellini turns her attention to the sex lives of the beasts of the field in her ecologically aware short film that aims to educate us on exactly how biodiversity happens. Donning paper costumes and playing out the action in a magical world constructed entirely from paper, the whimsical and charming film offers the woman who mesmerised us in David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’ the opportunity to teach us just how animals procreate. From elephant to snail, voracious spider to shell-bound limpet, Isabella literally walks us through all of the biological motions exemplifying the Darwinian imperative to go forth and multiply. With a lot of wit and charming humour, naturally. Biology class never looked so good.
The project is collaboration with NYC-based designers Andy Byers and Rick Gilbert, being co-produced with Gilbert’s Sweet Science Cinema studio at the prompting of Robert Redford. Redford’s ongoing involvement with the Sundance Institute and its eponymous film festival devoted to promoting independent film made him think that it would be ideal for the Institute’s new dissemination strategy of commissioning interesting and educational works to be available on the Internet. One suspects that with someone of his calibre involved it wasn’t that difficult to secure Isabella Rossellini’s commitment to the project.
Constanze Lutz’s concise article on the project – published in both English and German in Plot issue 7- focuses on the more narrative aspects of Isabella Rossellini’s work on the project. But, as a magazine that specifically focuses on the best of design as a spatial experience – from stage design to interior architecture- it’s not out of keeping that the article is accompanied by extensive images that give us an insight into how the magical animal kingdom that makes it onto screen in ‘Green Porno’ was created. It’s a fascinating insight into what must surely be one of the most leftfield recent film projects.