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It’s August. Feel the suffocating heat of the sun penetrating your skin. All around you, an abundance of flesh is spinning. Thousands of men offer up the naked bodies of baby boys to the angelic icon of San Sebastian. Screams, colours, chants and explosions. Money-garlands. Imagine no women except me. Wait, yes, behind us women are following with devotion, all dressed up in well pressed clothes and their stocking feet.

Now, come back here. Imagine how badly I fell in love with this. I desperately want to be part of it. To be there. I wanted to belong. But I know that I can’t. And so I try to capture it on film. I go there and film it every year, over and over, again and again. One day I will tell the story of a poor and sterile man who wants to replace San Sebastian. But more summers will have to pass before our hero will appear.

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Pauline Curnier-Jardin, Explosion Ma Baby (2016) 9 min.

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The Persistence of Dionysus

Lilly Markaki in conversation with Felice Moramarco

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Festival of San Sebastiano, Palazzolo Acreide, Italy, 1948. Courtesy Basilica di San Paolo and Salvatore Tinè.
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